The Q&A Archives: Is My Wolf Dead?

Question: Last April I bought a Vanderwolf limber pine from a reputable nursey and had their lanscaper plant him. The Wolf did fine all summer and started sending out new branches in September. Overall he looked fairly happy. The Chicagoland winter has been somewhat moderate until now, with temperatures this week in the teens. But right before Christmas, I noticed my Wolf was turning beige. He is now a more orangey color - one I would associate with a dead pine. Is my wolf dead or could he just be hibernating? Is there anything I can do at this point to help him? Thanks much for your help!

Answer: These trees (Pinus flexilis) should be an evergreen blue-green type of color all winter and it should also be able to withstand cold winter weather without any problem. Unfortunately, certainly the browning would be a sign of distress and could possibly indicate it is dead. I would suggest you consult with the supplier right away and see if they have any suggestions -- and if there was a warranty of any kind on the tree. They would probably like to see some photos of the overall plant as well as closeups of the browning to help them in determining what has happened. I'm really sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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