WEEPING NORWAY SPRUCE - Knowledgebase Question

Yardville, NJ
Question by billcrum
October 22, 2006
I have what I believe to be a weeping Norway spruce as part of our landscaping that appears to be dying. Most of the needles have fallen off on there own and those that remain fall off if touched. We have been in this house for two years and the landscaping was put in around 2001 and it has been fine until now so I would not think it is a soil or drainage problem. There are no other shrubs withing a foot of this, however, there is creeping juniper (I think) ground cover around it and the entire bed is has small rocks covering the ground beneath it. What could be causing this?


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Answer from NGA
October 22, 2006

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When a needled evergreen loses many needles it is never a good sign. Unfortunately, based on your description, I think your tree may be dying or dead. There are many possible reasons for losing a tree. It might be a disease or pest issue, dry soil due to the drought this summer, poor rooting due to incorrect planting way back in 2001, or even an inappropriate planting site for the specific type of tree you have, or a combination of factors. It is very hard to determine this type of situation long distance. You might want to consult with your local county extension to see if they can help you diagnose the cause of the problem. If it is something that can be treated, they should have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to apply it for maximum results. I am sorry about your tree.

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