Spruce disease?! Need help!

kaitain4(7)June 23, 2008

I have a lovely Picea pungens 'Montgomery' which has started to exhibit some bleached branch tips and dark scales lower down on the branches. Is this a scale, rust, or fungal disease? Am I doing something wrong in the care of the plant?

Planted: March 2008

Site: Tennessee, Zone 6b

Soil: Clay and loam

Exposure: Full sun for 7 -8 hours per day, beginning about 11:00AM

Water: Once or twice a week, except when there is rainfall.

Here are some pics: Spruce problem



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leftwood(z4a MN)

Might be better to solicit comment on the Conifer forum.
No clue here.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 6:35PM
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cynandjon(Z 5/6)

Hmm I wonder if your watering to much. They dont like to be wet and if you have clay, it might be holding the water.
Just an idea, not conclusive.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 12:34PM
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