Spruce Tree Top Branch Drooping

Asked June 17, 2015, 11:26 AM EDT

Have spruce tree with top branches drooping under heavy weight of pine cone clusters. Concerned that may break or be permanently distorted. Wonder why tree has so many cones and if indicates serious problem. Once read a tree with problem will go into survival mode and produce excessive seeds to propogate future growth.
Tree appears to me thin and new growth less than other nearby spruce trees.
Would appreciate suggestions and recommendations. If this is not issue for gardener please advise how to contact forestry person.
Attached is picture showing status of the tree.

Clinton County Michigan trees and shrubs spruce tree

1 Response

Looks bad indeed. Most common reason might be White Pine Weevil damage but there may be other reasons as well. Here are two links with more info:

http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=4203

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/leader_damage_from_birds_and_weevils_showing_up_on_spruce_and_other_con...

Recommendation would be to involve a certified arborist, one who specializes in everything woody. Arborist evaluations are not expensive and you could then proceed, or not, based on professional information. You can locate one or more certified arborists in your zip code at www.treesaregood.com Go to Find an Arborist.

You are correct that trees under stress go into survival mode and produce more seed, in this case cones. Your tree is stressed and should be looked at by a professional.

Good luck!