The top three feet of our white spruce has turned all brown. This is the only...

Asked October 11, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

The top three feet of our white spruce has turned all brown. This is the only part of the tree that is affected. What is causing this and can we do anything to remedy the problem?

St. Louis County Minnesota tree health

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Thank you for the question. It can be difficult to diagnose a tree problem even when examining them in person, so I can't be sure what's wrong. If you would like to try self diagnose the problem, use this University of Minnesota Diagnostic Tool "What's Wrong with my Plant"? http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/
You may have luck since you can see the tree up close and look for signs and symptoms that are mentioned for various spruce tree ailments.
If this tree is important in your landscape, consider having a certified arborist come out for definitive diagnosis. Here is a link on how to find a reliable professional: