Spruces all over the Midwest are going through decline. There is not a whole lot we can do about it. While beautiful in shape, color and texture, spruces are not native to our region, and that plays a role in their demise.

Affected spruce often look thin, perhaps losing a branch here or there, most commonly in the lower levels of the tree. Over time, the tree thins to the point it is no longer attractive.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County.He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or jburbrink@purdue.edu

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