Yes it did contribute a deal of hilarity when I moved in.
Seeing as you live on a road called Larch Close, might that conifer have been a larch? (Cue Python voiceover: ".....the Larch...")
It could have been a larch but thinking about it, possibly more likely to be some form of Spruce - ryhmes with....
Well, if it doesn't rhyme with Bruce, that's going to cause some confusion. ;-)