The Q&A Archives: Old Weeping Norway Spruce

Question: Our weeping Norway Spruce is about 15 years old and cannot be seen because it has grown so heavy it is bent to the ground. Should we trim it or stake it???

Answer: There are several different types of Norway Spruce that could be called "weeping" and they grow somewhat differently depending on which type you have and on how they were trained early on and how they have been pruned or not pruned in the interim. At this age, unfortunately, it may be impossible to redirect the growth upward rather than outward because most of them tend to primarily grow on the horizontal unless staked and consistently directed upward over the years. (Some will with time however develop a central mounding in addition to trailing out.) At this point, since I can't see the tree, I think your best bet would be to consult with a professionally trained and certified arborist who has experience in ornamental evergreen care and pruning and see what they think can be done, if anything. Certainly it would not be a job to try to tackle on your own initially, although perhaps with some careful on-site instruction from the arborist you could perform the routine maintenance from here on out. Good luck with your tree, these can be so beautiful especially with some age to them.

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