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How to Care for a Weeping Norway Spruce

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Plant weeping Norway spruce trees in fall unless you live in a region that experiences extremely cold winter weather. In those regions early spring planting is best.

Leave a space of 6 to 8 feet between each tree when planting.

The weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies f. pendula) is a conifer with branches that droop dramatically toward the ground. It was created by breeding specific trees whose branches have a strong tendency to droop. The weeping Norway spruce grows from 20 to 60 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. In spring it is adorned with eye-catching pink cones. The tree prefers full sun and soil that drains well. It requires regular watering, especially in hot, dry conditions.

Inspect the roots of the tree and clip off any that have grown in a circle outside the root ball.

Dig a hole that is twice the width and the same depth as the root ball. Plant the tree at the depth it was growing before and replace the loosened soil. Pat down firmly to eliminate air pockets.

Water until the soil is moist 6 to 8 inches deep. Add a 2-inch layer of pine bark mulch around the tree. Keep the mulch 6 inches away from the base of the tree.

Add moisture anytime the top 3 inches of soil no longer feel moist.

Clip off dead or damaged branches as necessary. Prune to control the size of the tree in fall, but do not remove more than one-third of the total growth at one time.

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