Rust Color On Alberta Spruce Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Huntingdon Valley, PA
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Question by 703232106
April 25, 2002
This spring, I noticed that the tops of some of my Alberta Spruce trees from Monrovia were turning a rust color. My arborist inspected the trees and noticed a string around the trunk of each of the trees in question. Over time, the string was apparently cutting into the trunk and causing a fungus, thus causing the rust color. It appears that when the landscaper installed these trees approximately 6 years ago, he removed the cardboard part of the Monrovia label but left the string on. The trees (of which I have about 20) are approximately 6 feet tall and about 6 of them have turned this rust color. Have you ever heard of this problem before? It appears that the strings do not disintegrate with time. Also, is there a way to save the trees at this point? Thanks for your help.

Answer from NGA
April 25, 2002
as to what you might want to do next.

I'm really sorry about the trees. as to what you might want to do next.

I'm really sorry about the trees.

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