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Picea glauca
Also known as : Canadian spruce
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What is the best way to water my White spruce?
If you decide to water your White spruce, you will be happy to find that it is a straightforward task. One of the easiest ways to water this tree is by simply turning on your garden hose and using it to soak the soil slowly. Your garden hose is the ideal watering tool to use for mature White spruce trees, as large specimens may need a high volume of water during each watering. However, for smaller trees, you may get by by using a watering can or some other smaller watering tool. Also, you should try to avoid overhead watering as excessive moisture on this plant’s leaves can lead to disease, especially when the tree is young.
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What should I do if I water my White spruce too much or too little?
At times, overwatering can be the result of poor soils. Mainly, if the soil in which your White spruce grows does not allow water to drain effectively, the plant will likely begin to decline. If this is the case, you should either amend the soil to improve its drainage characteristics or transplant your White spruce to a more favorable growing location. If you grow your White spruce in a pot, this can also mean you may need to repot your plant with looser soils in a container that allows for better drainage. An overwatered plant may also contract diseases, which you should try to treat immediately. For an underwatered White spruce, the remedy is quite simple. Begin watering more often, and soon your plant will bounce back and return to full health. The easiest way to tell if you have overwatered your White spruce is to observe the plant’s foliage. Specifically, looking at the new growth will give the clearest sign of whether this plant suffers from too much moisture. An overwatered White spruce may produce new growth, but that new growth may be discolored or prone to easy breakage. Another sign that the soil for your White spruce is too moist is if you notice standing water or that water is not draining quickly in your plant’s growing area. Underwatered White spruce trees will also have symptoms present in the foliage. In this case, the leaves may become sparse, brown. Usually, White spruce can grow well with rainfulls. If you see such symptoms on your plant, you should consider if there has been too much rain recently or constantly high temperatures, which will help you to make the correct judgment.
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How often should I water my White spruce?
A mature White spruce does not need much water at all. In most instances, this tree will become drought tolerant and survive off of nothing more than rainfall. At most, you’ll need to water this plant about once per week during the hottest months of the year, but during other seasons, you probably won’t need to water it at all. The exception to that rule is if you are dealing with a plant that has been newly planted. If that is the case, you should water regularly to maintain consistent soil moisture and help the roots establish themselves. With that said, the most important thing to remember when watering White spruce is that this species does not tolerate standing water. As such, when in doubt, you should err on the side of not watering your White spruce rather than risking watering it too much.
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How much water does my White spruce need?
The height of summer is one of the few times that you’ll need to water your White spruce. At that time of year, it is typical to give this plant about one inch of water per week. However, that amount can change depending on how much it has rained. If it has rained one inch or more that week, you won’t need to give any water to your White spruce.newly planted White spruce will need more water during the establishment period. Typically, this amounts to watering about once every one to two weeks for the first few growing seasons.
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How should I water my White spruce through the seasons?
The White spruce tree will need the most water during the summer months when the weather is the hottest. At that time, you should give this plant water about once per week in the absence of rainfall. During other times of the year, this plant will often survive with no water at all. In spring and fall, you might need to provide some water if the weather is exceptionally hot, but this is rare. Unlike many other plants, the White spruce does not enter full dormancy in winter, which means that it will continue growing, during the coldest months. Still, the water needs during winter will remain quite low as the cool temperatures will not cause the soil to dry out quickly..
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How should I water my White spruce at different growth stages?
Young White spruce trees need significantly more water than those that are established. A newly planted tree should receive water at least weekly to ensure that the soil remains moist to facilitate root development. After the first growing season, your White spruce should be well-adapted to its new growing location and should need much less water. At this time, you can begin following the standard instructions for watering this species, providing supplemental water about once per week during summer when it does not rain. Beyond that, there is no other time at which you’ll need to alter your watering habits based on the growth stages of the White spruce tree.
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What's the difference between watering White spruce indoors and outdoors?
It is far more common to grow the White spruce in an outdoor growing location. However, it is also possible to grow this plant indoors in a container. In that scenario, one gardener often raise the White spruce as the bonsai plant. Whether you grow this plant indoors or outdoors, you can expect its water needs to remain relatively similar. The one difference is that you may need to water an indoor White spruce tree a bit more. Indoor plants won’t have access to rainfall during the summer. Also, indoor areas are often much drier than outdoor growing locations, and the size of the pots limits the water-retainability, which can lead to higher water needs.
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Attributes of White spruce

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Perennial
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Tree
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Spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
Bloom Time
Spring
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
15 m to 40 m
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1.5 m to 2.5 m
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Flower Size
4 cm to 6 cm
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Red
Yellow
Green
Brown
Orange
Burgundy
Gold
Fruit Color
Brown
Copper
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Green
Blue
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
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Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
0 - 25 ℃
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Wind
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4-sided needles, blue-green above and blue-white below, 0.5-1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) long.
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Distinctive odor when disturbed, resembling skunk or cat urine.
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Inconspicuous male flowers are reddish, female flowers greenish, 0.4-1 inch (1-2.5 cm).
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Thin, scaly trunk bark peels in circular plates, 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) in diameter.
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Needles have a fine texture, firm and needle-like, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal.
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Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
Longhorn beetles
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Longhorn beetles
The longhorn beetle is a medium- to large-sized insect with very long antennae and strong jaws. Both its adult and larval stages gnaw on tree trunks, leaving small, round holes.
Solutions: Some longhorn beetles species are native insects, and they cause little damage. Therefore, these don't warrant control. Other longhorn beetles species are invasive pests that were recently introduced from other areas. These species can cause a great deal of damage to hardwood trees. Apply an insecticide containing imidacloprid as a soil injection or trunk injection following product instructions. This will enter into new grow and kill adults who feed on foliage. This will not help save trees that are already infested with large amounts of larvae, but it will save trees located near an infested tree. Contact an arborist for best control practices regarding infected trees. To properly control longhorn beetles, all host plants in a given area must be treated. Contact a local extension agent or state agency. Tracking the spread of longhorn beetles is a key component of their control.
Branch blight
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Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Solutions: Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease. All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues. Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
Fruit withering
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Fruit withering
Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
Solutions: There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering: Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
Crown gall
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Crown gall
Bacterial infections can cause abnormal brown or black growths on the trunk of the tree. These are also called crown galls.
Solutions: Remove infected tissue. Established trees can survive a crown gall infection, but the galls should be removed to improve the plant's appearance. Use pruning shears to remove the gall, then treat the wound with a pruning sealer. Discard pruned material by putting it in the trash or burning it to avoid infecting other plants. Sterilize the pruning shears after removing the galls. Remove the entire plant. If a small plant is infected with a serious case of crown gall, the best option is to remove the entire plant and burn it. This will prevent bacteria from spreading to other plants. Sterilize the soil. After removing infected tissue, sterilize the soil using heat. Alternatively, plant a gall-resistant plant in the same spot.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Solutions: Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy. Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all. For less severe cases: Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem). Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes. For severe cases: Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb. Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants. Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
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What is Dieback Disease on White spruce?
What is Dieback Disease on White spruce?
Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Key symptoms on White spruce include browning of needles, premature defoliation, stunted growth, dark resinous exudations, and the death of twigs and branches starting from the top. Symptoms may increase under stress conditions.
What Causes Dieback Disease on White spruce?
What Causes Dieback Disease on White spruce?
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Fungi
Dieback primarily takes place due to fungi, such as Phomopsis and Diplodia, that invade the plant's tissues. Their spores are carried in the air and can infect the plant via wounds or natural openings.
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Environmental stress
Conditions like drought, frost, poor soil quality, or pollution can weaken White spruce making it more susceptible to Dieback.
How to Treat Dieback Disease on White spruce?
How to Treat Dieback Disease on White spruce?
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Non pesticide
Healthy environment: Maintain a healthy environment by closely monitoring irrigation, providing optimal light exposure and maintaining sterile cultivation.

Pruning: Regularly prune infected parts to reduce the possibility of further infection.
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Pesticide
Fungicides: Apply systemic fungicides to all parts of White spruce from the early stages to restrict the fungi's progression.

Sprays: Regular sprays of insecticides can manage insects that might carry the fungal spores.
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Longhorn beetles
The longhorn beetle is a medium- to large-sized insect with very long antennae and strong jaws. Both its adult and larval stages gnaw on tree trunks, leaving small, round holes.
Overview
Overview
Longhorn beetles are characterized by extremely long antennae which are often as long as, or longer, than the beetle's body. Adult longhorn beetles vary in size, shape, and coloration, depending upon the species. They may be 6 to 76 mm long. The larvae are worm-like with a wrinkled, white to yellowish body and a brown head.
Longhorn beetles are active throughout the year, but adults are most active in the summer and fall. Larvae feed on wood throughout the year.
Both larvae and adults feed on woody tissue. Some of the most susceptible species include ash, birch, elm, poplar, and willow.
If left untreated, longhorn beetles can kill trees.
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Symptom Analysis
Longhorn beetles are attracted to wounded, dying, or freshly-cut hardwood trees. Adults lay their eggs in the spring, summer, and fall on the bark of greenwood. There may be sap around egg-laying sites.
Once the eggs hatch, larvae called round-headed borers burrow into the trunk to feed. They may tunnel for one to three years depending on the wood's nutritional content. As the larvae feed, they release sawdust-like frass at the base of the tree.
Eventually, the larvae turn into pupae and then adults. When the adults emerge, they leave 1 cm holes in the bark on their way out. Adults feed on leaves, bark, and shoots of trees before laying eggs.
After a few years of being fed upon by longhorn beetles, a tree will begin losing leaves. Eventually, it will die.
Solutions
Solutions
Some longhorn beetles species are native insects, and they cause little damage. Therefore, these don't warrant control.
Other longhorn beetles species are invasive pests that were recently introduced from other areas. These species can cause a great deal of damage to hardwood trees.
  • Apply an insecticide containing imidacloprid as a soil injection or trunk injection following product instructions. This will enter into new grow and kill adults who feed on foliage. This will not help save trees that are already infested with large amounts of larvae, but it will save trees located near an infested tree.
  • Contact an arborist for best control practices regarding infected trees.
  • To properly control longhorn beetles, all host plants in a given area must be treated.
  • Contact a local extension agent or state agency. Tracking the spread of longhorn beetles is a key component of their control.
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Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
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Overview
"Blight" is an umbrella term used to describe a category of tree diseases caused by fungus or bacteria. Branch blight occurs when fungus attacks the branches and twigs of a tree, resulting in branches slowly dying off.
Branch blight can affect most species of trees to some degree, and it may be called by different names including twig blight or stem blight. It is caused by a variety of fungi which attack branches first, especially immature growth.
Blight usually occurs in warm, humid conditions, so is most common in the spring and summer months. Because specific environmental conditions are required, the frequency of branch blight can vary from year to year. This makes the disease hard to control, as it can spread between trees and affect multiple plants in a short period of time.
In the worst-case scenario, trees can lose significant portions of their foliage and fail to produce fruit. Young or unhealthy trees could die off completely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first symptoms of branch blight are that the emerging foliage turns brown or gray at the tips, especially on the smallest branches. Brown spots cover the entire surface of the leaves, eventually causing leaves and stems to shrivel and fall off. Over time, the dying tissue will spread toward the center of the plant. If left untreated, spores from the attacking fungus may appear on dying foliage within 3-4 weeks of the infection.
In some cases, lesions may form at the spot where the twig branches off from the healthy tissue. Branches may display girdling, which is a band of damaged tissue encircling the branch. An untreated tree will eventually lose all of its foliage and die.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
  • Pathogens on young twigs and foliage cause disease
  • Stressed and unhealthy trees are more susceptible - root injury due to physical or insect damage, infection, or aging can prevent adequate absorption of water and nutrients
  • Extremely wet conditions including sprinkler watering can attract fungus
  • Fungi can be transmitted between nearby trees
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Fruit withering
Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
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Overview
Fruit withering is common on many tree fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and plums, as well as fruiting shrubs. It is caused by a fungal pathogen and will result in wrinkled and desiccated fruit.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are the most common symptoms in the order that they are likely to occur.
  1. Both leaves and blossom on the tips of branches will go brown and wither.
  2. Gray powdery patches will appear on infected leaves and flowers, and this will be most apparent after rain.
  3. Any fruit that does appear will turn wrinkled and fail to develop.
  4. Branch tips begin to die, progressing back to larger branches, causing general deterioration of the tree or plant.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The withering is caused by one of two fungal pathogens, one called Monilina laxa and the other called M. fructigen. The spores overwinter on infected plant material and are then spread the following spring by wind, rain, or animal vectors. The problem will start to become noticeable in mid-spring, but will increase in severity as summer progresses and the fungus grows. If not addressed, the disease will intensify and spread to other plants in the vicinity.
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Crown gall
Bacterial infections can cause abnormal brown or black growths on the trunk of the tree. These are also called crown galls.
Overview
Overview
Crown gall is a bacterial disease that affects many different species of shrubs. It produces unsightly growths called galls on stems, branches, and roots. These galls stunt the growth of plants and weaken them. This is because they disrupt the flow of water and nutrients from the roots up to other areas of the plant.
Crown gall growth is generally more rapid during warm weather. There are no chemical solutions available that will kill this disease. The presence of galls does not usually cause the death of a plant, however. These galls can easily be spread to other plants through contaminated tools or soil.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Crown gall is most often seen on lower branches. This disease appears as deformed growths on stems, branches, or roots that gradually enlarge over time.
As the galls enlarge, they become hard and woody. Their appearance is usually brown and corky. The plant will show symptoms of stunted growth and there may be evidence of tip dieback.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Crown gall is caused by the bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This bacteria lives in the soil, and can survive there for many years. It is spread onto the plant by water splashing up from contaminated soil. Infected pruning tools can also spread the disease onto plants.
The bacteria enter the plant through open wounds. These could be caused by chewing insects or damage from gardening tools such as lawnmowers. Pruning cuts that have not been treated can also be infected by this bacterial disease.
Once the bacteria have entered the plant, they stimulate rapid growth in plant cells, and this is what causes the abnormal growths.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
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Fire ants are a group of ants that are known for their aggressive behavior and painful stings. Some fire ants are native and others are invasive from other countries. Once they reach plants, they climb them and chew away at leaves and flower buds.
Fire ants also kill and eat beneficial insects such as caterpillars, ladybugs, mantis, and native ants. They can be a problem any time temperatures are above freezing, but new infestations are most likely to appear when brought in via contaminated material such as potting soil or mulch, or when insecticides have harmed populations of beneficial insects that would otherwise control populations of fire ants.
They can be difficult to control, especially once populations become large. Plant damage is typically minor, but fire ants can destroy seedlings.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The number one symptom of fire ants is seeing the ants themselves which are red or black in color. Ant mounds in the ground are also signs. Fire ant mounds rarely exceed 46 cm in diameter. If a fire ant mound is disturbed, many fast-moving, aggressive ants will emerge. These ants will bite and then painfully sting.
Even if no ants are visible, their damage might be apparent. Chewed leaf and flower edges might indicate fire ants. Fully eaten seedlings are another sign.
Solutions
Solutions
Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy.
Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all.
For less severe cases:
  • Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem).
  • Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes.
For severe cases:
  • Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb.
  • Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants.
  • Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
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White spruce is native to North America, specifically coastal regions of Alaska and Canada, as well as parts of the northern United States. It thrives in areas with cool climates, receiving abundant rainfall and experiencing moderate to high humidity levels. Due to its native environment, white spruce prefers consistent moisture in its soil. Watering should be done regularly to mimic its natural habitat, ensuring the soil remains damp but not overly soggy.
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Full sun
White spruce thrives in settings that receive plentiful illumination throughout the day. A location where sun rays permeate throughout the day aids in its healthy growth. It also endures well in places with some degree of light moderation. Overexposure or underexposure to sun can be detrimental to its well-being.
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Transplant
16-20 feet
The transitional period of late spring, when frost recedes, is prime for white spruce's relocation, ensuring root establishment pre-summer. Choose sites with full/partial sun and moist, well-draining soils. Root protection and hydration are pivotal post-transplant to promote acclimation.
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Temperature
-35 - 30 ℃
The white spruce is a temperate woody plant that prefers a temperature range of 32 to 77 ℉ (0 to 25 ℃). Its native growth environment related to temperature requirements is in cooler climates with average temperatures ranging from -22 to 30 ℉ (-30 to -1 ℃). In colder seasons, it can adjust to temperatures as low as -58 ℉ (-50 ℃) by becoming dormant.
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Pruning
Winter
A coniferous tree native to the northern regions, white spruce is notable for its conical shape and dense foliage. Key pruning techniques involve removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches, and thinning to improve air circulation. Optimal pruning time is during winter dormancy, minimizing sap loss and stress. Pruning white spruce promotes healthy growth, better structure, and can prevent disease spread. Specific considerations include careful cutting to avoid damaging the leader stem and ensuring tools are clean to prevent infection.
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Propagation
Autumn,Winter
White spruce propagates primarily through layering, cutting and sowing during the cooler Autumn and Winter months. It is relatively easy to propagate, with successful indications like healthy root development. Take care to maintain adequate moisture levels for optimum growth.
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Pollination
Normal
White spruce relies on the whims of the wind for pollination. Its unassuming nature disguises an intricately evolved mechanism that releases pollen into the air at the perfect moment. Blessed with an excellent sense of timing, white spruce typically sheds its pollen in spring, employing nature's breeze to ensure the continuation of its kind.
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Early spring, Mid spring
Emerging in early to mid-spring is white spruce, an easy-to-maintain shrub with moderate growth. Unique for its resilience and year-round beauty, white spruce is commonly sought for landscaping purposes. To ensure you're getting a healthy one, look for lush, vibrant green foliage and absence of disease marks. A great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners, adding this plant to your shopping list couldn’t be timed better.
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Dieback
Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
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Crown gall
Crown gall is a disastrous plant disease that severely affects the growth and vitality of White spruce. It's marked by the formation of unsightly galls on different parts of the plant, disrupting nutrient flow and leading to weakened plants or death in severe cases.
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Wilting
Wilting is a destructive disease plaguing White spruce, causing its foliage to droop, lose color, and eventually lead to plant death. This ailment, often attributed to dysfunction in water transport, severely impacts the growth and productivity of the plant.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a devastating condition impacting White spruce, leading to wilting, discoloration, and potential death of the plant. It disrupts water and nutrient flow, affecting both health and growth.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting White spruce, leading to loss of foliage and branch dieback. It significantly impacts tree health and timber value.
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Mealybug
Mealybug infestation in White spruce primarily results in stunted growth, yellowing, and premature needle drop. The impact can be severe, affecting the plant's aesthetic value and health.
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Scale insect
Scale insects are pests that attach to the surfaces of White spruce, sucking sap and weakening it. Infestation can lead to yellowed needles, reduced growth, and in severe cases, dieback.
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Witches broom
Witches' broom is a severe plant disease causing abnormal growths in White spruce. It weakens the plant, affecting its ability to photosynthesize. Fungal pathogens are the primary cause, with serious impacts on the plant's health and growth.
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Brown spot is a fungal disease affecting White spruce, causing discoloration and browning of needles. It hinders growth and may eventually lead to death in severe cases. Early detection and precise management are crucial for plant recovery.
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Leaf blight
Leaf blight, a fungal disease commonly caused by Ascochyta pisi, severely impacts the health of White spruce. This disease leads to the browning and wilting of foliage, eventually causing premature leaf drop.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a disease affecting White spruce leading to the loss of vigor, needle discoloration, and eventual death of branches. It can severely impact overall tree health if untreated, leading to reduced growth and increased susceptibility to secondary issues.
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The white spruce is harmonious with a Northern facing direction, as it embodies deep-rooted tranquillity and wisdom attributes in Feng Shui, forming a quiet and tranquil energy. However, the interpretation can vary depending on personal perception and individual Feng Shui layout.
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Spring, Early summer, Fall, Early winter
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Spring
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Fall
Plant Height
15 m to 40 m
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1.5 m to 2.5 m
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Green
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4 cm to 6 cm
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Brown
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4-sided needles, blue-green above and blue-white below, 0.5-1 inch (1.3-2.5 cm) long.
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Distinctive odor when disturbed, resembling skunk or cat urine.
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Inconspicuous male flowers are reddish, female flowers greenish, 0.4-1 inch (1-2.5 cm).
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Thin, scaly trunk bark peels in circular plates, 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) in diameter.
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Needles have a fine texture, firm and needle-like, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal.
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Dieback
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Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
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Longhorn beetles
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The longhorn beetle is a medium- to large-sized insect with very long antennae and strong jaws. Both its adult and larval stages gnaw on tree trunks, leaving small, round holes.
Solutions: Some longhorn beetles species are native insects, and they cause little damage. Therefore, these don't warrant control. Other longhorn beetles species are invasive pests that were recently introduced from other areas. These species can cause a great deal of damage to hardwood trees. Apply an insecticide containing imidacloprid as a soil injection or trunk injection following product instructions. This will enter into new grow and kill adults who feed on foliage. This will not help save trees that are already infested with large amounts of larvae, but it will save trees located near an infested tree. Contact an arborist for best control practices regarding infected trees. To properly control longhorn beetles, all host plants in a given area must be treated. Contact a local extension agent or state agency. Tracking the spread of longhorn beetles is a key component of their control.
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Branch blight
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Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
Solutions: Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease. All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues. Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
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Fruit withering
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Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
Solutions: There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering: Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
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Crown gall
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Bacterial infections can cause abnormal brown or black growths on the trunk of the tree. These are also called crown galls.
Solutions: Remove infected tissue. Established trees can survive a crown gall infection, but the galls should be removed to improve the plant's appearance. Use pruning shears to remove the gall, then treat the wound with a pruning sealer. Discard pruned material by putting it in the trash or burning it to avoid infecting other plants. Sterilize the pruning shears after removing the galls. Remove the entire plant. If a small plant is infected with a serious case of crown gall, the best option is to remove the entire plant and burn it. This will prevent bacteria from spreading to other plants. Sterilize the soil. After removing infected tissue, sterilize the soil using heat. Alternatively, plant a gall-resistant plant in the same spot.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
Solutions: Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy. Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all. For less severe cases: Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem). Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes. For severe cases: Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb. Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants. Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
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What is Dieback Disease on White spruce?
What is Dieback Disease on White spruce?
Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Key symptoms on White spruce include browning of needles, premature defoliation, stunted growth, dark resinous exudations, and the death of twigs and branches starting from the top. Symptoms may increase under stress conditions.
What Causes Dieback Disease on White spruce?
What Causes Dieback Disease on White spruce?
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Fungi
Dieback primarily takes place due to fungi, such as Phomopsis and Diplodia, that invade the plant's tissues. Their spores are carried in the air and can infect the plant via wounds or natural openings.
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Environmental stress
Conditions like drought, frost, poor soil quality, or pollution can weaken White spruce making it more susceptible to Dieback.
How to Treat Dieback Disease on White spruce?
How to Treat Dieback Disease on White spruce?
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Healthy environment: Maintain a healthy environment by closely monitoring irrigation, providing optimal light exposure and maintaining sterile cultivation.

Pruning: Regularly prune infected parts to reduce the possibility of further infection.
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Fungicides: Apply systemic fungicides to all parts of White spruce from the early stages to restrict the fungi's progression.

Sprays: Regular sprays of insecticides can manage insects that might carry the fungal spores.
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Longhorn beetles
The longhorn beetle is a medium- to large-sized insect with very long antennae and strong jaws. Both its adult and larval stages gnaw on tree trunks, leaving small, round holes.
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Overview
Longhorn beetles are characterized by extremely long antennae which are often as long as, or longer, than the beetle's body. Adult longhorn beetles vary in size, shape, and coloration, depending upon the species. They may be 6 to 76 mm long. The larvae are worm-like with a wrinkled, white to yellowish body and a brown head.
Longhorn beetles are active throughout the year, but adults are most active in the summer and fall. Larvae feed on wood throughout the year.
Both larvae and adults feed on woody tissue. Some of the most susceptible species include ash, birch, elm, poplar, and willow.
If left untreated, longhorn beetles can kill trees.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Longhorn beetles are attracted to wounded, dying, or freshly-cut hardwood trees. Adults lay their eggs in the spring, summer, and fall on the bark of greenwood. There may be sap around egg-laying sites.
Once the eggs hatch, larvae called round-headed borers burrow into the trunk to feed. They may tunnel for one to three years depending on the wood's nutritional content. As the larvae feed, they release sawdust-like frass at the base of the tree.
Eventually, the larvae turn into pupae and then adults. When the adults emerge, they leave 1 cm holes in the bark on their way out. Adults feed on leaves, bark, and shoots of trees before laying eggs.
After a few years of being fed upon by longhorn beetles, a tree will begin losing leaves. Eventually, it will die.
Solutions
Solutions
Some longhorn beetles species are native insects, and they cause little damage. Therefore, these don't warrant control.
Other longhorn beetles species are invasive pests that were recently introduced from other areas. These species can cause a great deal of damage to hardwood trees.
  • Apply an insecticide containing imidacloprid as a soil injection or trunk injection following product instructions. This will enter into new grow and kill adults who feed on foliage. This will not help save trees that are already infested with large amounts of larvae, but it will save trees located near an infested tree.
  • Contact an arborist for best control practices regarding infected trees.
  • To properly control longhorn beetles, all host plants in a given area must be treated.
  • Contact a local extension agent or state agency. Tracking the spread of longhorn beetles is a key component of their control.
Prevention
Prevention
  • Keeping trees healthy, uninjured, and unstressed will help prevent beetle infestation. Water trees appropriately, giving neither too much nor too little.
  • Check with local tree companies about which tree species have fewer problems.
  • Avoid moving firewood as this can introduce exotic longhorn beetles.
  • Routine spraying of persistent, broad-spectrum insecticides will help prevent re-infestation of previously affected trees or infestation of unaffected trees.
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Branch blight
Branch blight can cause lignified branches to dry up entirely and die.
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Overview
"Blight" is an umbrella term used to describe a category of tree diseases caused by fungus or bacteria. Branch blight occurs when fungus attacks the branches and twigs of a tree, resulting in branches slowly dying off.
Branch blight can affect most species of trees to some degree, and it may be called by different names including twig blight or stem blight. It is caused by a variety of fungi which attack branches first, especially immature growth.
Blight usually occurs in warm, humid conditions, so is most common in the spring and summer months. Because specific environmental conditions are required, the frequency of branch blight can vary from year to year. This makes the disease hard to control, as it can spread between trees and affect multiple plants in a short period of time.
In the worst-case scenario, trees can lose significant portions of their foliage and fail to produce fruit. Young or unhealthy trees could die off completely.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The first symptoms of branch blight are that the emerging foliage turns brown or gray at the tips, especially on the smallest branches. Brown spots cover the entire surface of the leaves, eventually causing leaves and stems to shrivel and fall off. Over time, the dying tissue will spread toward the center of the plant. If left untreated, spores from the attacking fungus may appear on dying foliage within 3-4 weeks of the infection.
In some cases, lesions may form at the spot where the twig branches off from the healthy tissue. Branches may display girdling, which is a band of damaged tissue encircling the branch. An untreated tree will eventually lose all of its foliage and die.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
  • Pathogens on young twigs and foliage cause disease
  • Stressed and unhealthy trees are more susceptible - root injury due to physical or insect damage, infection, or aging can prevent adequate absorption of water and nutrients
  • Extremely wet conditions including sprinkler watering can attract fungus
  • Fungi can be transmitted between nearby trees
Solutions
Solutions
  • Inspect trees frequently, and remove any infected branches as soon as possible. Branch blight cannot be cured, so the only treatment is to prune the tree and monitor it carefully for signs of the disease.
  • All affected parts of the tree should be removed, since blight can survive over the winter inside the plant’s tissues.
  • Blight can become systemic in the tree, in which case the entire plant should be removed so it does not remain a host for the pathogen and allow it to spread.
Prevention
Prevention
  • Avoid purchasing trees with dead or dying growth.
  • Sterilize cutting tools frequently when pruning to avoid spreading fungus between plants.
  • Keep trees mulched and watered, especially during dry periods, to prevent stress.
  • Avoid splashing water on the leaves when watering, as wet foliage is attractive to fungi and bacteria.
  • When planting, allow enough room between trees that there will be sufficient air circulation for them to dry out. Crowding trees too close together can increase humidity and allow the fungi to transfer.
  • When conditions are wet and humid, a fungicide can be used on new growth.
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Fruit withering
Fungal infection or normal ripening can cause the fruit to dry out.
Overview
Overview
Fruit withering is common on many tree fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and plums, as well as fruiting shrubs. It is caused by a fungal pathogen and will result in wrinkled and desiccated fruit.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Here are the most common symptoms in the order that they are likely to occur.
  1. Both leaves and blossom on the tips of branches will go brown and wither.
  2. Gray powdery patches will appear on infected leaves and flowers, and this will be most apparent after rain.
  3. Any fruit that does appear will turn wrinkled and fail to develop.
  4. Branch tips begin to die, progressing back to larger branches, causing general deterioration of the tree or plant.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
The withering is caused by one of two fungal pathogens, one called Monilina laxa and the other called M. fructigen. The spores overwinter on infected plant material and are then spread the following spring by wind, rain, or animal vectors. The problem will start to become noticeable in mid-spring, but will increase in severity as summer progresses and the fungus grows. If not addressed, the disease will intensify and spread to other plants in the vicinity.
Solutions
Solutions
There are a number of appropriate solutions to control fruit withering:
  1. Remove any fruit as soon as it shows any signs of infection. Do not compost.
  2. Use a fungicide prior to leaf bud and then as per manufacturers instructions throughout the season.
Prevention
Prevention
Preventative measures include:
  1. Ensuring adequate spacing between plants or trees.
  2. Staking plants that are prone to tumbling to prevent moisture or humidity build up.
  3. Prune correctly so that there is adequate air movement and remove any dead or diseased branches that may carry spores.
  4. Practice good plant hygiene by removing fallen material and destroying it as soon as possible.
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Crown gall
Bacterial infections can cause abnormal brown or black growths on the trunk of the tree. These are also called crown galls.
Overview
Overview
Crown gall is a bacterial disease that affects many different species of shrubs. It produces unsightly growths called galls on stems, branches, and roots. These galls stunt the growth of plants and weaken them. This is because they disrupt the flow of water and nutrients from the roots up to other areas of the plant.
Crown gall growth is generally more rapid during warm weather. There are no chemical solutions available that will kill this disease. The presence of galls does not usually cause the death of a plant, however. These galls can easily be spread to other plants through contaminated tools or soil.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Crown gall is most often seen on lower branches. This disease appears as deformed growths on stems, branches, or roots that gradually enlarge over time.
As the galls enlarge, they become hard and woody. Their appearance is usually brown and corky. The plant will show symptoms of stunted growth and there may be evidence of tip dieback.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Crown gall is caused by the bacteria Agrobacterium tumefaciens. This bacteria lives in the soil, and can survive there for many years. It is spread onto the plant by water splashing up from contaminated soil. Infected pruning tools can also spread the disease onto plants.
The bacteria enter the plant through open wounds. These could be caused by chewing insects or damage from gardening tools such as lawnmowers. Pruning cuts that have not been treated can also be infected by this bacterial disease.
Once the bacteria have entered the plant, they stimulate rapid growth in plant cells, and this is what causes the abnormal growths.
Solutions
Solutions
  1. Remove infected tissue. Established trees can survive a crown gall infection, but the galls should be removed to improve the plant's appearance. Use pruning shears to remove the gall, then treat the wound with a pruning sealer. Discard pruned material by putting it in the trash or burning it to avoid infecting other plants. Sterilize the pruning shears after removing the galls.
  2. Remove the entire plant. If a small plant is infected with a serious case of crown gall, the best option is to remove the entire plant and burn it. This will prevent bacteria from spreading to other plants.
  3. Sterilize the soil. After removing infected tissue, sterilize the soil using heat. Alternatively, plant a gall-resistant plant in the same spot.
Prevention
Prevention
To prevent crown gall, avoid introducing and spreading the bacteria that causes it.
  1. Avoid infected plants. Inspect all new plants for symptoms. Dispose of any plants that show signs of crown gall.
  2. Sanitize pruning tools. Use an approved sanitizing solution to treat pruning shears both before and after use. A freshly-mixed solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water will be most effective.
  3. Avoid mounding soil around the crown of the plant, keeping this area as dry as possible. Remove dead branches and leaves to prevent the occurrence of pests and diseases.
  4. Utilize beneficial bacteria. The beneficial bacterium Agrobacterium radiobacter strain 84 can be used during planting to prevent crown gall. To use, simply dip bare-rooted plants in the solution, or water rooted plants with a solution of the aforementioned bacteria.
  5. Correct overly alkaline soils. Crown gall-causing bacteria thrive in alkaline soils, so check the pH level of the soil and reduce the alkalinity.
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Fire ants gnaw on the roots of plants and are aggressive toward people.
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Fire ants are a group of ants that are known for their aggressive behavior and painful stings. Some fire ants are native and others are invasive from other countries. Once they reach plants, they climb them and chew away at leaves and flower buds.
Fire ants also kill and eat beneficial insects such as caterpillars, ladybugs, mantis, and native ants. They can be a problem any time temperatures are above freezing, but new infestations are most likely to appear when brought in via contaminated material such as potting soil or mulch, or when insecticides have harmed populations of beneficial insects that would otherwise control populations of fire ants.
They can be difficult to control, especially once populations become large. Plant damage is typically minor, but fire ants can destroy seedlings.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
The number one symptom of fire ants is seeing the ants themselves which are red or black in color. Ant mounds in the ground are also signs. Fire ant mounds rarely exceed 46 cm in diameter. If a fire ant mound is disturbed, many fast-moving, aggressive ants will emerge. These ants will bite and then painfully sting.
Even if no ants are visible, their damage might be apparent. Chewed leaf and flower edges might indicate fire ants. Fully eaten seedlings are another sign.
Solutions
Solutions
Caution: fire ants are venomous and cause painful bites which can be fatal in the case of a rare but significant allergy.
Fire ants can be a painful pest to have around for you and your plants. Keeping them under control will ensure comfortable gardening for all.
For less severe cases:
  • Physically remove mounds. Dig out and remove entire mounds (remember, they go deeper than they seem).
  • Use citrus oil. Pour citrus oil, which is toxic to fire ants, down their holes.
For severe cases:
  • Use ant bait. For a chemical solution, broadcast insecticide bait formulated for fire ants in the area around a mound. Apply the bait during a dry evening so the ants can forage for it at night. Look for products that contain Indoxacarb.
  • Release phorid flies. Introduce or promote beneficial phorid flies to gardens. These parasitic flies attack invasive fire ants.
  • Hire a professional. Some ant baits are only available to professional exterminators. For serious cases of fire ants, consider hiring a professional.
Prevention
Prevention
Fire ants become more difficult to control as they establish themselves, so try to prevent them or treat them early.
  • Monitor new material. Do not bring in any soil or plants from known infested areas, unless if they are "Quarantine Approved." Make sure to check new material for fire ants.
  • Apply insecticide. Some warm and humid areas have high fire ants populations. In these areas, spread a granular fire ants insecticide such as Varsity in the spring near gardens to prevent these unwelcome visitors.
  • Treat early. Spot treat at the first sight of any fire ants mound, as larger mounds are more difficult to treat.
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Dieback
Dieback
Dieback is a disease predominantly caused by fungi, affecting White spruce's health and development by causing the discoloration and death of the plant's tissues. It often progresses from the tip towards the plant's base, leading to severe defoliation and death if not treated promptly.
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Crown gall
Crown gall is a disastrous plant disease that severely affects the growth and vitality of White spruce. It's marked by the formation of unsightly galls on different parts of the plant, disrupting nutrient flow and leading to weakened plants or death in severe cases.
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Wilting
Wilting is a destructive disease plaguing White spruce, causing its foliage to droop, lose color, and eventually lead to plant death. This ailment, often attributed to dysfunction in water transport, severely impacts the growth and productivity of the plant.
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Whole plant withering
Whole plant withering is a devastating condition impacting White spruce, leading to wilting, discoloration, and potential death of the plant. It disrupts water and nutrient flow, affecting both health and growth.
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Non-base branch withering
Non-base branch withering is a disease affecting White spruce, leading to loss of foliage and branch dieback. It significantly impacts tree health and timber value.
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Mealybug
Mealybug infestation in White spruce primarily results in stunted growth, yellowing, and premature needle drop. The impact can be severe, affecting the plant's aesthetic value and health.
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Scale insect
Scale insects are pests that attach to the surfaces of White spruce, sucking sap and weakening it. Infestation can lead to yellowed needles, reduced growth, and in severe cases, dieback.
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Witches broom
Witches' broom is a severe plant disease causing abnormal growths in White spruce. It weakens the plant, affecting its ability to photosynthesize. Fungal pathogens are the primary cause, with serious impacts on the plant's health and growth.
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Brown spot is a fungal disease affecting White spruce, causing discoloration and browning of needles. It hinders growth and may eventually lead to death in severe cases. Early detection and precise management are crucial for plant recovery.
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Leaf blight
Leaf blight, a fungal disease commonly caused by Ascochyta pisi, severely impacts the health of White spruce. This disease leads to the browning and wilting of foliage, eventually causing premature leaf drop.
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Branch withering
Branch withering is a disease affecting White spruce leading to the loss of vigor, needle discoloration, and eventual death of branches. It can severely impact overall tree health if untreated, leading to reduced growth and increased susceptibility to secondary issues.
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White Spruce Watering Instructions
White spruce is native to North America, specifically coastal regions of Alaska and Canada, as well as parts of the northern United States. It thrives in areas with cool climates, receiving abundant rainfall and experiencing moderate to high humidity levels. Due to its native environment, white spruce prefers consistent moisture in its soil. Watering should be done regularly to mimic its natural habitat, ensuring the soil remains damp but not overly soggy.
When Should I Water My White Spruce?
Introduction
Timely watering is essential for the overall health and growth of white spruce. It maintains the plant's metabolic activities and promotes lush, vibrant growth.
Soil Dryness
One of the significant indicators for watering white spruce is soil dryness. The top 1-2 inches of the soil should be allowed to dry before watering. A simple way to test is by digging a finger one or two knuckles deep into the soil. If it feels dry, it is time to water white spruce.
Needle Color and Texture
Changes in the color and texture of white spruce's needles can also be indicative of its water needs. Typically, white spruce has blue-green or dark green, stiff needles. If they start to fade, turn a duller green or brown, or exhibit crispiness to touch, it could signify that the plant is thirsty and needs watering.
Plant Droop
White spruce showing signs of wilting or drooping, especially at the top or ends of its branches, can also indicate a need for watering. However, use this indicator in combination with others as wilt could also be a symptom of overwatering or other stresses.
Early Morning or Late Evening Watering
Generally, the best time to water white spruce is in the early morning or late evening, when outdoor temperatures are relatively cooler. Watering at these times reduces water loss due to evaporation, allowing for optimal absorption.
Excess Watering Risks
Overwatering white spruce can lead to problems such as root rot, which can severely compromise the plant's health. It might cause the needles to turn yellow or brown and drop off prematurely.
Late Watering Risks
Delaying watering, on the other hand, can cause white spruce to experience drought stress. The plant may show signs like drooping, needle discoloration, or even exhibit stunted growth.
How Should I Water My White Spruce?
Plant Specific Watering Needs
White spruce does not require regular watering once established, as it is a high-moisture plant. It prefers less frequent, but deep watering events that thoroughly saturate the root zone.
Effective Watering Techniques
  1. Soaker Hose: Using a soaker hose allows water to be delivered directly to the root zone of white spruce without wetting the foliage, which can prevent fungal diseases. It is also useful in delivering a slow and steady discharge of water, mimicking the slow release of water that this species experiences in its native boreal forest environment. 2. Deep Watering: Since white spruce enjoys having its root zone saturated, deep watering is the key. This technique involves slowly watering the plant, allowing the water to seep deep into the soil, reaching all the layers of roots.
Beneficial Watering Tools
  1. Soaker Hose or Drip Irrigation System: These tools can prove instrumental in watering white spruce. They provide a slow and consistent release of moisture that white spruce requires. 2. Moisture Meter: This will assist in avoiding over-watering. White spruce likes having its root zone moist, but overly saturated soil can lead to root rot, so a moisture meter can help ascertain when watering is necessary.
Areas to Focus on During Watering
Focus on watering the root zone rather than spraying the foliage. White spruce is more susceptible to fungal infections if the foliage is kept consistently wet. Thus, the focus should be on watering the soil rather than the plant itself. Wet the soil thoroughly down to the depth of the root ball or further.
Areas to Avoid During Watering
Avoid over-watering by never leaving white spruce in standing water or waterlogged soil, as this can lead to a condition named 'root rot' which can be detrimental to white spruce.
How Much Water Does White Spruce Really Need?
Introduction
White spruce is a species of plant native to North America. It thrives in the wild in a variety of habitats such as bogs, marshes, and moist woodlands. Its natural habitat indicates a preference for consistently moist soil.
Optimal Watering Quantity
Root Depth: white spruce has a shallow root system, typically reaching a depth of 12-18 inches (30-45 cm). As a result, it requires frequent watering to keep the soil evenly moist. Pot Size: If planting white spruce in a pot, choose one that allows for proper drainage to prevent waterlogged soil. The size of the pot will influence the watering frequency rather than the volume. Plant Size: The water requirements will increase as the plant grows larger and develops a denser root system. An average watering volume for a mature white spruce plant in a pot may be around 1-2 liters per watering session.
Signs of Proper Hydration
When adequately watered, white spruce will exhibit healthy green needles and maintain a sturdy growth habit. The soil should feel slightly moist to the touch but not saturated. Properly hydrated white spruce will thrive in its environment and display vigorous growth. Signs of Underwatering: Wilting or drooping needles, along with yellowing or browning of needles, indicate a lack of water. Signs of Overwatering: Yellowing or browning needles, as well as excessive needle drop and the presence of fungal growth, signify overwatering. Risk of Improper Watering: Overwatering can lead to root rot and other root diseases, compromising the plant's overall health and vigor. Underwatering can cause stunted growth and reduced vitality. Both scenarios make the plant more susceptible to insect infestations and other stress-related problems.
Additional Advice
While white spruce prefers consistently moist soil, it is crucial to maintain proper drainage to prevent waterlogging. Laying a layer of organic mulch around the plant can help retain moisture in the soil and prevent excessive evaporation. Regularly monitor the soil moisture level and adjust watering frequency based on environmental conditions and the plant's individual needs.
How Often Should I Water White Spruce?
Every 1-2 weeks
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What Kind of Water is Best for White Spruce?
Water Type Guide for white spruce
Water Sensitivity: Moderate - white spruce prefers well-draining soil and should not be overly saturated with water.
Water Types
Distilled Water: Best suited for white spruce as it is pure and free of minerals and contaminants.
Rainwater: An excellent choice as it is natural and free of chemicals. However, ensure it is collected in a clean container.
Tap Water: Can be used if no other water sources are available. However, it may contain chlorine and other chemicals that can be harmful to white spruce.
Filtered Water: A suitable alternative to tap water, as long as it removes any harmful contaminants.
Chlorine Sensitivity
High - white spruce is sensitive to chlorine in tap water, which can cause leaf burn and overall stress to the plant.
Fluoride Sensitivity
Moderate - white spruce can be sensitive to high levels of fluoride in water. If tap water has excessive fluoride, use an alternative water source.
Water Treatments
Dechlorination: It is recommended to let tap water sit out for at least 24 hours before using it on white spruce. This allows the chlorine to evaporate and makes it safer for the plant.
Filtration: Using a carbon filter can remove chlorine, fluoride, and other harmful chemicals from tap water.
Water Temperature Preferences
Moderate - white spruce prefers water at room temperature (around 68-72°F or 20-22°C). Avoid using water that is too cold or too hot, as extreme temperatures can shock the plant.
How Do White Spruce's Watering Needs Change with the Seasons?
How to Water white spruce in Spring?
During spring, white spruce experiences its active growth phase. It is essential to maintain consistent soil moisture to support healthy growth. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist.
How to Water white spruce in Summer?
In summer, white spruce may experience higher temperatures and increased sunlight, resulting in increased evaporation and water loss. Adjust watering frequency to ensure the soil remains consistently moist, but be cautious not to overwater. Monitor the soil moisture regularly and water when the top inch of soil feels slightly dry.
How to Water white spruce in Autumn?
During autumn, white spruce starts preparing for winter dormancy. Gradually decrease the frequency of watering as the plant enters its dormant phase. Ensure the soil remains lightly moist but not overly wet. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other moisture-related issues.
How to Water white spruce in Winter?
In winter, white spruce experiences its dormant period. Water sparingly as the plant requires minimal moisture during this time. Allow the topsoil to dry out between waterings. Be cautious not to water excessively, as the plant's reduced metabolic activity makes it more susceptible to root rot in wet conditions.
What Expert Tips Can Enhance White Spruce Watering Routine?
Using a Moisture Meter
Using a moisture meter can help assess white spruce's deeper soil moisture needs and prevent over or under-watering. This plant prefers its soil to be mostly dry before the next watering, and a meter can effectively measure this.
Watering Time
Watering white spruce early in the morning allows the water to penetrate the soil thoroughly before the high evaporation rates of mid-day. It also helps prevent fungal diseases by minimizing the plant's exposure to dampness.
Common Misconception
One common misconception about watering white spruce is that it requires daily watering, as it is often found in wetter areas. However, it's more drought-tolerant than perceived, and over-watering is a common mistake that can lead to root rot.
Soil Moisture Assessment
Check the moisture levels beyond the surface by inserting a wooden dowel or finger into the soil. If it comes out damp, the plant does not need watering yet. If it's dry, it's time to water.
Mulching
Applying a layer of organic mulch around the base of white spruce can help retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth, reducing the need for frequent watering.
Watering In Extreme Heat
During a heatwave, white spruce may require more frequent watering. Pay attention to wilting leaves or the soil drying out quickly, as they are signs that the plant needs additional water to withstand the heat stress.
Adjusting Watering During Extended Rain
When white spruce is continuously exposed to rainy weather, reduce watering frequency to avoid waterlogged soil. Overwatering during periods of extended rain can suffocate the roots and lead to root rot.
Watering Stressed white spruce
When white spruce is under stress due to factors like transplanting, insect damage, or extreme temperatures, it may benefit from more frequent watering to help alleviate stress and promote recovery.
Proper Drainage
Ensure the pot or planting area has proper drainage holes to avoid waterlogging. Adequate drainage prevents excess water from saturating the roots, which can lead to root rot and other issues.
Considering Hydroponics? How to Manage a Water-Grown White Spruce?
Overview of Hydroponics
White spruce is a plant that can be successfully grown using hydroponics, a method of cultivating plants without soil. Hydroponics allows for precise control of nutrient levels, water availability, and environmental conditions, leading to optimal growth and development.
Best Suited Hydroponic System
For white spruce, the deep water culture system is recommended. This system involves suspending the plant's roots in a nutrient-rich water solution, providing continuous access to water and nutrients. The deep water culture system is ideal for white spruce as it allows the roots to absorb oxygen from the oxygenated water and prevents the risk of root rot.
Nutrient Solution
White spruce thrives when provided with a balanced nutrient solution. Use a hydroponic nutrient blend designed for foliage plants, following the manufacturer's recommendations for concentrations and frequency of application. Maintain a pH level between 5.8 and 6.2 for optimal nutrient absorption.
Challenges and Common Issues
When growing white spruce hydroponically, root rot can be a common challenge. Ensure proper aeration of the nutrient solution by using air stones or pumps to oxygenate the water. Additionally, monitor nutrient levels regularly to avoid deficiencies or imbalances that may affect growth. White spruce also requires sufficient light, so provide artificial grow lights or ensure ample exposure to natural sunlight.
Monitoring Plant Health
Regularly check for signs of stress or nutrient deficiencies in white spruce. Yellowing or browning of leaves, stunted growth, or wilting can indicate nutrient imbalances or inadequate water supply. Adjust nutrient concentrations as needed and ensure adequate hydration to maintain plant health.
Adjusting the Hydroponic Environment
As white spruce progresses through different growth stages, adjust the hydroponic environment accordingly. During the vegetative stage, provide higher nutrient concentrations to support foliage growth. As the plant enters the flowering stage, adjust the nutrient solution to promote blooming. Adjust lighting durations and intensity as needed to mimic natural daylight conditions.
Watering Technique
In the deep water culture system, the roots of white spruce should be fully submerged in the nutrient solution. Ensure the water level covers the roots without submerging the stem or foliage. Maintain a consistent water level throughout the growth cycle.
Maintaining Water Quality
Regularly monitor and maintain the quality of the water in the hydroponic system. Use filtered or distilled water to avoid introducing contaminants or impurities. Keep the water temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C) for optimal nutrient absorption and root health.
Pruning and Training
To maintain proper shape and prevent overcrowding, prune white spruce as needed. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves to maintain overall plant health. If necessary, train the branches to grow in desired directions using plant clips or gentle bending.
Harvesting white spruce
Once white spruce reaches maturity, it can be harvested by carefully cutting the branches with clean pruning shears. Harvesting can be done gradually or all at once, depending on individual preference and utilization.
Important Symptoms
Overwatering Symptoms of White spruce
White spruce is more susceptible to developing disease symptoms when overwatered because it prefers a soil environment with moderate humidity. Symptoms of overwatering include yellowing leaves, root rot, leaf drop...
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Root rot
Excess water in the soil can lead to the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria, causing the roots to rot and eventually kill the plant.
Leaf drop
When plants are overwatered, they may shed their leaves as a response to stress, even if the leaves appear green and healthy.
Increased susceptibility diseases
Overwatering plants may become more susceptible and diseases as their overall health declines, weakening their natural defenses.
Solutions
1. Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness. Wait for soil to dry before watering.2. Increase soil aeration by loosening surface and gently stirring with a wooden stick or chopstick.3. Optimize environment with good ventilation and warmth to enhance water evaporation and prevent overwatering.
Underwatering Symptoms of White spruce
White spruce is more susceptible to plant health issues when lacking watering, as it can only tolerate short periods of drought. Symptoms of dehydration include wilting, yellowing leaves, leaf drop...
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Yellowing leaves
The leaves may begin to yellow or develop dry tips as a result of water stress and reduced nutrient uptake.
Root damage
Prolonged underwatering can cause root damage, making it difficult for the plant to absorb water even when it is available.
Dry stems
Due to insufficient water, plant stems may become dry or brittle, making the branches easy to break.
Dying plant
If underwatering continues for an extended period, the plant may ultimately die as a result of severe water stress and an inability to carry out essential functions.
Solutions
1. Thoroughly saturate soil with slow ring watering to ensure uniform and sufficient moisture for plants. 2. Increase air humidity with water trays or misting to slow leaf water evaporation. 3. Watering according to the recommended frequency.Adjust watering frequency based on seasons and soil dryness.
Watering Troubleshooting for White Spruce
Why are the needles of my white spruce turning yellow?
Yellow needles can be a sign of overwatering. White spruce prefers moist, but well-draining soil. If the soil is waterlogged, it can lead to root rot and a host of other health problems. Ensure that your white spruce is planted in an area with well-draining soil and cut back on watering.
Why is my white spruce showing signs of browning on the needles and branches?
Browning needles and branches are often a sign of underwatering. The white spruce needs consistent moisture, especially in the dry months. If the soil feels dry to the touch, it's time to water your tree. An inch of water per week is generally enough, but this may need to be increased during dry spells.
What should I do if my white spruce has a droopy or wilting appearance?
A droopy or wilting white spruce can be a sign of both overwatering and underwatering. Check the moisture level of the soil to determine the cause. If it's overly dry, increase watering - if it's soggy, decrease watering and make sure the soil is well-draining.
Why is the growth of my white spruce stunted or slowed?
Inadequate watering can stunt the growth of your white spruce, as it needs consistent moisture to grow properly. Assess your watering routine and ensure that you're providing enough water, especially during dry or hot periods.
Why are the lower needles of my white spruce shedding more than usual?
If the white spruce is shedding its lower needles more than usual, it may be receiving too much water. To remedy this, reduce the watering frequency and ensure that the plant is in a location with good drainage.
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Essentials
White spruce thrives in settings that receive plentiful illumination throughout the day. A location where sun rays permeate throughout the day aids in its healthy growth. It also endures well in places with some degree of light moderation. Overexposure or underexposure to sun can be detrimental to its well-being.
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Artificial lighting
Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Insufficient Light in %s
White spruce thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your white spruce may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
White spruce enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Symptoms of Excessive light in %s
White spruce thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
The white spruce is a temperate woody plant that prefers a temperature range of 32 to 77 ℉ (0 to 25 ℃). Its native growth environment related to temperature requirements is in cooler climates with average temperatures ranging from -22 to 30 ℉ (-30 to -1 ℃). In colder seasons, it can adjust to temperatures as low as -58 ℉ (-50 ℃) by becoming dormant.
Regional wintering strategies
White spruce is highly cold-tolerant and does not require additional frost protection measures during winter. However, before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant generously to ensure the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Symptoms of Low Temperature in White spruce
White spruce is extremely cold-tolerant, but the winter temperature should be maintained above {Limit_growth_temperature}. If the temperature drops below this threshold, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, the branches may become brittle and dry during springtime, and no new shoots will emerge.
Solutions
In spring, prune away any dead branches that have failed to produce new leaves.
Symptoms of High Temperature in White spruce
White spruce is not tolerant to high temperatures. When the temperature exceeds {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}, it may experience significant leaf drop, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wither and die.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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