Friday, November 30, 2012

A Post Not About Autoimmune Disease


One of the trees in my yard, a beautiful twenty-foot blue spruce, did something very weird this fall. It lost it's top.

See the the very top? Where there should be a thick healthy green solitary spike?

And do you see what is there INSTEAD? This poor dead brown pathetic shriveled thing?

My poor, poor tree.

I wonder what it will do? The dead center stalk is surrounded by a ring of other branches that appear to be growing straight up in what I suppose is an attempt to replace the dead branch.

But there's FIVE branches there. Which one will actually take over as the top spike branch? I wonder how the tree will decide? WILL the tree decide? Or will I end up with a spruce tree growing upwards in five separate shoots?

All you arborists out there ...... what do you think?


Anonymous said...

Hi Julia, Love your blog. I have been reading your posts for awhile. Your tree is diseased and it will spread to other spruce trees around it. You need to get a tree doctor involved. I can't remember the name exactly (sjoggy fog) but I think it is some type of spore thingy majig.


Anonymous said...

Hi Julia, I'm not an arborist, but it looks to me like this tree has two tops, which would be a fantastic solution to your Angel vs. Star predicament! :)