picea pungens newly planted

xdeaconxOctober 12, 2012

Hi everyone. I got a great picea pungens specimen tree and planted it in May. Everything has seemed to go well. Now I'm seeing some die back and browning of the needles. This yellowing and browning of the needles is happening at the bottom of the tree.

Any help on what could be going on? more water? just seasonal weather changes.

This is in Chicago IL, the front of the house is north facing.

Thanks

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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

Appears just to be stress.

For watering insert index finger down to 2nd knuckle . If dry soak thoroughly and repeat the process.

My real concern is you have planted to close to the house.

Do you have the tag from the tree giving its full name. Picea pungens '......'?

Dave

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 3:31PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

interior browning is normal..

increased by digging.. transporting .. and planting ... no conifer holds interior needles forever ... 4th pic.. probably stepped on ... remove it next summer.. if it doesnt bud out ...

i also think it would benefit with 3 to 5 more feet from the house ... how long has the smaller pungens to the right been there???? .. wish they could switch holes ...

man i dont miss suburbia .... lol .. actually.. thats more city than suburbia ....

ken

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 4:00PM
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xdeaconx

Thanks for the response Dave and Ken. I just found the tag, and I was mistaken. It is Picea glauca 'Pendula. I was deciding between a few trees and got them mentally mixed up.

The smaller pungens was just planted 2 weeks ago

With the new tree info, am I still too close to the house?

and you are right Ken, it's in the city proper.

best

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 4:15PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

You'll want it at least 3 feet (4 would be better) from the edge of the gutter. See a larger one at the link.

tj

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 4:38PM
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xdeaconx

thanks tj.
It's about 2 or 2.5 feet from the gutter now. Is it worth moving? what would be the damage ramifications?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 4:09PM
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xdeaconx

thanks tj.
It's about 2 or 2.5 feet from the gutter now. Is it worth moving? what would be the damage ramifications?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 6:08PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

switch holes.. ken

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 7:18AM
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