Volunteer spruce (identification???)

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Got a little spruce that appeared in my yard this year, obviously volunteering to become bonsai. Naturally, I obliged and put it in a pot. Any idea what kind of spruce it is?
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We don't know where you live.
 

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Man, pretty tough at this stage. I’m going Norway spruce.
 

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If it just popped up in your yard, there’s a chance the seed came from a nearby tree.
Check to see if there’s a mature spruce nearby that could be the parent. Check for cones, they’re a helpful way to identify the species.
 

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If it just popped up in your yard, there’s a chance the seed came from a nearby tree.
Check to see if there’s a mature spruce nearby that could be the parent. Check for cones, they’re a helpful way to identify the species.
This is the nearest conifer in the yard:
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Another picture of the sapling under better lighting conditions:
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Skinny needles says ERC. Young Picea pungens are thicker by a lot, and have a heavy waxy coating. ERC seedlings are a dime a dozen in their range verses few P. p.
 

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Next year's buds are clearly visible, definitely a spruce, probably Picea pungens. If it were growing here I would further guess that it's a 2020 sprout, not a 2021.
 

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Next year's buds are clearly visible, definitely a spruce, probably Picea pungens. If it were growing here I would further guess that it's a 2020 sprout, not a 2021.
It’s entirely possible that it could be a 2020 sprout that escaped my attention last year. It was growing in a bed of cypress mulch on the north side of the house in an area where I am unlikely to see it except when I’m mowing the lawn.
 

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