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Has anyone ever seen anything like this???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by HydroRI, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. HydroRI

    HydroRI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    How do you explain this....

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  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    MY neigbor has that exact thing happen to her alberta spruce.

    How???? Didn't trim it for years....
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    well would you trim an alberta spruce anyway? I sure never have heard of that.... I see that the other one is a double tree. And the freak show there, hey, that's just "special"! Crazy that a spruce would grow all the way to the top like that. Looks like the nursery that grew them originally just was keeping that spruce sheared off and hoped to pass it off...
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    That is a grafted plant. The part showing up on top is actually growing from below the graft. Many grafted plants get growth from below the graft. Trace it back down through the tree and cut it off.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Someone at the nursery was bored. Do as AGLA said, and prune it off at the graft point.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    No. The dwarf part is what was attached, not the funky part. These are propagated by cuttings and by grafting. This one was obviosly grafeted. I have seen this many times on dwarf alberta spruce.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    We do...not everyyear but they need touchups every once in awhile to keep their nice 'christmass' tree shape.
  8. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    AGLA - Do you think it could be a reversion?

    I've seen a ton of "spruces" revert to the original species (Norway)

  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Try this MSU link to a "Landscape Alert." There's a picture that almost looks like the one you posted. Follow the "Back to Article" link at the bottom of the picture and it'll tell you about pruning it out.

  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    That answers that question. These are grafted sometimes.

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