Questions tagged [spruces]

Coniferous evergreen, genus *Picea*

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Cutting branches of a spruce and avoid resin

I need to cut some low branches of two spruce trees in my garden, because they just take too much space. How can I do it to avoid resin dripping of the tree from where the branch was cut?
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How does removing spruce tips affect the tree health and growth?

I recently learned that spruce tips are edible. Having an abundance of spruce growing around here I'd like to harvest some for culinary experiments. My question is, how will this affect the trees' ...
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Should I replace my Colorado Blue Spruces?

I have two Colorado Blue spruces, both looked to be damaged at installation. One is missing about 2 feet area of twigs near the top. They looked to have broken off during transit? The other has had ...
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How to paint a cut off branch on a spruce tree? [duplicate]

I have a spruce tree (picea abies), which is next to a path and since one of the lower branches was obstructing the passing down the path, I cut it off. Now my question is how do I paint the place ...
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What is causing the tip to brown and die on my Norway Spruce?

2 years ago I had a 7' Norway Spruce put in and it has never given me much trouble. A few weeks to a month ago, I noticed that the very tip of the tree was turning brown and starting to die. The ...
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Why are my spruce trees' very long leaders bent over?

I have 3 Black Hills Spruce and one Australian Spruce with long Leaders. Two of the Black Hills Spruce are bent over. 1. What causes this? 2. What can I do to help the tree?
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Can I trim a blue spruce tree to keep it from getting larger?

We have a blue spruce next to our house. It's probably as tall as I want it (I would guess 12 feet, basically reaching our roof line) and certainly as wide as I want it. Can I trim this tree to keep ...
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Can the roots of a large Norway Red spruce tree crack a cement porch floor?

I have a very large Norway spruce on the corner of my screened in porch. The porch has a cement floor that has had a crack across the middle of it. Over the past 15-20 years, the crack has raised the ...
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How do we revive Spruce trees that lost 50% of their needles after a flood?

We live in southern Alberta, south of Lethbridge. We have a 5 acre farmyard that had multiple gorgeous Blue Spruce trees that were well maintained for 20 years. The trees were thick, lush, and ...
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Will a field system being dug near my Norway Spruce have any effect on it?

My neighbors are having a field system dug for their septic system. The digging is just beyond the edge of the drip line of my very tall, 60+ years old, Norway spruce. Will my tree suffer any ...
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White spruce problem (yellow needles)

I bought this small spruce for Christmas (the label said it will grow up to 1m tall), it's a Picea Glauca 'conica'. I recently replanted it in a bigger container, because it looked quite constrained,...
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How to heal this needled plant?

This little guy is suffering and I'm not sure how to help him out. Any ideas?
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Dwarf Alberta Spruce Winter Burn [duplicate]

I have a Dwarf Alberta Spruce which is showing signs of worse-than-normal winter burn. Not only have the needles on the south side of the tree browned, but the new buds on that side also appear to ...
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What are these weird lumps on this spruce tree?

There's a spruce tree growing in a park near my house. It has lumps like this on a lot of the branches. After a while, some of the lumps look like this: Is this a disease, or just a part of the ...
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When to transplant spruce tree sprout from a small bucket

I have a small sprout (30‒40 cm) of some species of spruce tree that is native (or at least welcome) to the Rocky Mountains of North America (purchased from the local Fish and Game Department’s nature ...
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What is wrong with this Norway spruce?

This Spruce tree is very odd. I have a few questions about it. First of all, how did the branch segment pictured below grow there? It grows right out of the smaller trunk into the larger one, without ...
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Is there a way to compost these spruce needles?

I have a pile of about 4 bushels of spruce needles, and want to use them. Is there a way to compost them to use on garden plants? Do I have to add lime or ashes or other alkaline material? I know I ...
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Should my spruce tree roots be covered?

This Norway spruce's roots have always been on top of the ground. The soil it is growing on is very hard white dry soil with a layer of decayed needles on top. It has been growing fine so far, but ...
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How long does a Norway spruce tree live after being cut down?

We cut down one from our land every year for Christmas. This year I want to get it a bit earlier than usual (like this weekend), but we're not sure if it will be dead and horrible before Christmas or ...
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How can I grow Norway Spruce from seed?

My spruce trees produce hundreds of seeds, but when I plant them very few germinate and the ones that do don't overwinter. I was sowing them in fall to overwinter and sprout in spring in acidic, ...
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What causes spruce branches to drop their needles?

I have a spruce tree that has a problem. Every year, some branches suddenly drop all of their green needles and die. I would like to prevent this, but I don't know what the cause is. What causes this ...
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How can I limit my Norway Spruce to one top (trunk)?

I have a Norway spruce that is about sixty feet tall and is beginning a second trunk. I like them to have only one top, but this particular tree is not climbable. How do I control this?