The Q&A Archives: Missing Branches On Young Blue Spruce

Question: My mother recently purchased a 4 foot Colorado Blue Spruce for me as a house-warming gift. I noticed, however, that some of the lower branches were removed and others damaged. Were I to remove the remaining damaged branches, the result would be a transplant with a trunk that looks too long in proportion to the growth above it. Is the tree going to grow that way, or can this be remedied?

Answer: Unfortunately, there's not much you can do except clean up any breaks so the edges are neatly cut. The tree will need any remaining branches to help it photosynthesize and grow so you don't want to remove too many. In time however it will look in proportion when the tree grows a bit.

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