Dying spruce tree is there anyway to save it?

Asked June 6, 2018, 8:09 PM EDT

I have two beautiful spruce trees in my back yard. One over the past few years had slowly been loosing its needles and now the one next to it appears to have the same problem. I am wondering if there is any way to save to two of them and if so who do I call or what do I do.

Washington County Minnesota spruce horticulture

1 Response

You don't state the species of spruce you have, but my guess would be they are blue spruce (Picea pungens). Blue spruce grown in our humid climate are susceptible to several fungal diseases which make them unsightly after 15 or 20 years. These diseases are the reason we do not recommend planting blue spruce here:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/choosing-landscape-evergreens/

Although only an arborist making an on-site inspection can diagnose your trees for sure, they show the classic symptoms of rhizosphaera needle cast, one of the fungal diseases I mentioned. Read here:
https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/spruce-tree-diseases/rhizosphaera-need...

As for saving your trees, I wouldn't get your hopes up too high. You might want to contact a certified arborist to get a professional opinion about what to do:
http://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist