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Blue spruce’s broken tip won’t hinder future growth

Published 07/21/2010, Park Rapids Enterprise

Q: I purchased and planted two blue spruce trees. While they were being loaded at the store, the very top branch that sticks straight up broke off one of the trees. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now am worried that the top vertical branch might be responsible for the tree’s growth. I’m not a tree expert, so I could be wrong about how the tree will grow taller. Without the center vertical branch, will my tree have stunted growth? The tree also was oozing a little sap where the top branch broke off. To protect it from insects, I put some tape on it. Should I leave it exposed to dry up and heal?

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