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Weeping White Spruce Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide
If you are looking for the horticultural equivalent of a long, tall glass of water, the Weeping White Spruce Tree, Picea glauca 'Pendula,' may be your best choice. This stately conifer grows tall from a strong central leader (trunk) with a narrow silhouette that offers a pronounced vertical accent to your garden or landscape. It is evergreen; so, even in the winter, it maintains its presence and adds interest with blue-green needles that sweep gracefully downwards. This tree is a fast grower and can, reach a height of ten feet in only a decade of growth. It will eventually attain a height of 20 to 30 feet. Here are a few more reasons to love this spruce tree:
- Grows throughout most of the continental U.S.
- Lives up to 50 years, longer than many evergreens.
- Requires no regular pruning.
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The Weeping White Spruce Tree thrives in full sun—6 to 8 hours of direct light a day.
Water weekly while the tree is young; a mature tree will only need watering in very hot or dry weather.
Feed your spruce tree with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer designed for landscape trees and shrubs.
Planting and Care
Site your spruce tree in soil that drains well and receives at least six hours of sun a day. The best time of year to plant your tree is spring so that the roots have time to get established before the cold weather comes in. Unpot the tree, and tease out any encircling roots, which can girdle the tree and slowly kill it. Keep the roots moist while you dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the tree in the hole, and, while holding it upright and steady, fill in around it with topsoil mixed with well-rotted manure or compost. Tamp down soil as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a two to three-inch layer of organic mulch such as bark chips around the root zone, but don’t let them touch the trunk to avoid problems with rot.
Watering and nutrients
For the first year, water your Weeping White Spruce Tree whenever the soil is dry two inches below the surface while the roots are establishing themselves. After that, the tree should only need supplemental watering in very hot or dry weather. Fertilize your tree in the spring with a slow-release product formulated for landscape trees and shrubs.
As conifers, spruce trees don’t have flowers. Instead, their cones are the reproductive elements that allow for the development of seeds. Every spruce tree has both male and female cones; pollen travels from the male to the female cone, which then develops seeds that are disbursed to create new plants.
Weeping White Spruce trees do not need regular pruning. Simply monitor the tree for dead, diseased or damaged branches and trim these out whenever you see them.
Pests and diseases
Pests that may appear on your spruce tree include adelgids, spider mites and aphids. A healthy tree will be able to resist infestation. If insect pressure is severe, consider releasing beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings that will eat the pests. The most common disease of the spruce tree is cytospora canker, a fungal disease that occurs most often in trees that are stressed. Avoid planting multiple trees too close together and always water at the base of the tree, rather than higher up, to minimize fungal growth.
Achieving maximum results
One way to achieve maximum results with your Weeping White Spruce Tree is to know how to use it best in your landscape. For example, if you’re looking for a good shade tree, this is probably not the right choice for you. It is a great tree, however, anywhere you’ve got a small footprint to fill and want to add a vertical element to your garden. A mature Weeping White Spruce has a width of only 6 to 10 feet; so, it takes up little room compared to other spruce cultivars. Consider planting a line of them, spaced so that there is good air circulation between them, as a privacy screen or windbreak. A matched pair of two of them would look stately placed in a sunny spot on either side of a front entrance. It’s a perfect specimen plant and would look especially good in a rock garden or gravel area.
Where does the Weeping White Spruce Tree grow best?
Although Weeping White Spruce trees prefer cooler weather, it can be successfully grown as far south as northern Florida and Texas. If you live in a hot, humid area, it might not be the best choice, but it is easily able to handle temperatures down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit in northern areas.
How big does this tree get?
This fast-growing tree can attain a height of 20 to 30 feet after only a few decades. At the same time, it will remain quite narrow with a mature width of 6 to 10 feet. Avoid planting it directly under overhead utility wires, as it may interfere with them when they mature. It can, however, be placed relatively close to a home or other building without causing problems.
Does the Weeping White Spruce go dormant in winter?
Growth does slow in winter, but this tree does not lose its needles. Expect to see the most growth in spring, when it will put out new, light green foliage that slowly darkens to a more subdued blue-green throughout the summer.
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