Errant growth in shrub

Asked June 24, 2018, 3:56 PM EDT

What is going on with my shrub and how should I deal wit it?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This looks like a dwarf Alberta spruce. Occasionally they will have a bud that reverts back to the original species. The original species will be far more vigorous and obviously much larger than the dwarf and that shoot should be removed. Make the pruning cut as close to the origin as possible without wounding the main trunk. If allowed to remain, it will quickly dominate the plant.