Two different evergreen branches one tree trunk?
I thought I had a volunteer evergreen growing under this large evergreen shrub. WRONG. This branch was attached to the trunk of another tree! Huh? One tree growing two different branches? Help me understand this... I have two more bushes that have the same thing!
I am not sure I fully understand the question, but going to answer by making a couple of assumptions. The first attached picture appears to be a dwarf Alberta spruce (at least that is how I am identifying it based on the close-up of the needles in the lower left hand corner. And I am assuming the other picture is of the branch you pruned out of the dwarf Alberta spruce.
It appears that a section of the dwarf Alberta spruce is reverting back to its original parentage. Check out the following websites to see if the description and pictures match what you have:
You hit the nail on the head! Thank you, thought I was going crazy. I will probably leave one of the branches on one of the 3 trees that have this just for a conversation piece.