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Blue Spruce Losing Needles

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From: Corky Gress
Grafton, IL
Our blue spruce have lost their needles starting at the bottom up. Could this be spruce beetle? We also have other varieties of pine that also are damaged. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Corky Gress

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Yeah, blue spruce is definitely a problem species here in the Midwest: A lot of insect and disease issues. It could by Rhizosphaera needle cast, Cytospora (Leucostoma) Canker, Stigmina needle blight, SNEED, etc.

The U of I Plant Clinic has a great publication regarding spruce insect and disease issues and should be used to address your questions and concerns:

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