Thanks for the replies. Yes, there is a good sized maple tree close to it. I've pruned the maple quite a bit during the past two winters, but I've been a bit cautious since it's not really mine. It's on the street, so it's town property.
The spruce is not that tall, maybe 7 or 8 feet high, and it was planted by the previous owner. I have no idea what it is.
By the way, there has been new growth where the leaves are green (gives me some hope of saving it). On the other hand, there is absolutely nothing on the branches that are dry.
Is there anything I can do to stimulate the dry branches to produce leaves again?
Oh, and would that stimuli apply to hemlocks too? I have a hemlock that I hedged a bit too much, and to my surprise (and a bit of horror) the branches are taking soooo long to produce leaves.
It's been 3 years, and I can still see the branches where I cut.