Dwarf Alberta Spruce Turned Brown

Italian stone pine - juvenile foliage and mature foliage

Q: About a month ago my dwarf Alberta spruce started turning brown and
dropping needles. Now it is completely brown and bare. All the others in my
yard look fine except this one. 

A: It’s very hard to grow an Alberta spruce in this part of Georgia. In fact, I
have never seen one live more than five years. As their name implies, these
trees are adapted to Canada, not to the hot and humid Southeast. They are
attractive evergreens but don’t expect long life from them.

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