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20 year old blue spruce - Too many brown needles?? #218754

Asked October 29, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

Hi,  We have a question about our 20 year old blue spruce.   This year far more needles are turning brown and falling than we have ever seen in past years.  We have never seen anything even close to this.  We are wondering if it is diseased or if it is just responding to something weather related.  We planted this tree the week our daughter was born, so we don't want to lose it!  thanks for any info you could give us.  Sara and Allan Purdom

Jefferson County Kentucky

Expert Response

It is normal for spruce and other evergreen trees to lose interior canopy needles this time of year.  The amount of needles that drop from year to year may vary from year to year.  If the tree is shaded by a nearby building or another tree, there may be more needle loss in the shaded parts of the canopy.

Diseased needles will normally be located on tips or near tips of the branches.  I don't see any of this in your photos, but if you see branches that show browning, spotting or yellowing of needles on tips of branches, affected branches can be submitted to your county extension office to check for disease.  Contact Jefferson County Extension at 502-569-2344 if you'd like information on submitting samples.
Traci Missun Replied October 29, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT
Thanks so much for the info!!!!
The Question Asker Replied October 29, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT
Glad to help.

Traci Missun Replied October 29, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

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