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Q.Blue Spruce losing bottom branches

Zone Cincinnati, OH | debi added on April 21, 2015 | Answered

I have a very tall Blue Spruce that is losing it’s bottom branches. What can I do? The tree is very tall…I’m guessing 30 ft and it looks beautiful from about 4 ft up, but the bottom branches are bare and it’s getting worse and going farther up.

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Answered on April 21, 2015

If the upper branches provide too much shade, the lower branches naturally die off.

On a more serious note: It could be Cytospora Canker, Rhizosphaera Needle Cast, or Stigminia Needle Cast, which are all discussed in detail on the following website:


It could also be the handiwork of a spruce spider mite:

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