What’s happening to the lower branches of my blue spruce?


Blue spruceWe live in York, near the Harbor. We’ve been here four years from southern California. We are still learning about zone 6 plants and actual seasons. Our blue spruce, in the front yard looks like the lower branches, especially on the north side, are dying. Is this just the natural progression of the tree as it grows taller of some disease as a couple friends have said.


Brian Erickson, Sustainable Agriculture Professional 

From looking at the picture you submitted it looks to be Rhizosphaera Needlecast. Here is a pest management fact sheet that will explain what is going on and how to treat the tree, Rhizosphaera Needlecast. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.