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Monday, January 11, 2010

Spruce tree's slump to winters furry

Evergreen trees are at the mercy of winters furry and are the most susceptible to ice and snow damage. Unlike deciduous trees, evergreen trees have their needles all year long that tend to collect snow and ice accumulation and may cause limbs to break. Most evergreen trees "slump" to the weight of snow and ice, but the braches bend back to their natural position when the snow melts in most cases. If you have an expensive specimen evergreen tree like a Hoopsi blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Hoopsi') or a umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) you may want to remove accumulated snow off of the branches with a soft broom or rake to protect your investment.

Snow accumulating on a blue spruce (8 inches deep)

As the snow accumulates, in most cases neat designs form on the tree.