Don’t quote me, but I believe this a tree of the green variety. Captain OCD tells me it is a larch. A certain kind of larch, but I dozed off in the telling so the most I can give you is that it is upright and twisty. I do know that it’s one of the few deciduous conifers, which explains the soft new needles making their 2009 debut.
This is a Japanese maple getting ready to show off. That’s a weepy larch in the background on the right. Yes, I know it is properly called “weeping,” but I’m staying with the y-suffix theme.