Got this tree from a friend and don’t know what species it is. Looks a little like a chinese juniper. Can someone identify it? Also, the bark on the trunk is peeling off. The lower trunk is also very hard and not flexible. Root system looks good. Is this tree dying or maybe has a disease?
It does look like a juniper. Flaky bark is normal and you should be removing it anyway. Foliage looks healthy too. Any other reason you think it might be having issues?
The lower trunk seems very hard and woody and doesn’t bend much if any at all. Is that normal?
From the pictures it looks about pencil thick now? I’ve definitely had trees that are too stiff to bend, even at that size.
Looks healthy. Just let it grow and trim it lightly if you have to.