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Question: I bought a Moravian Golden Weeping Deodar Cedar.
It had a hard winter, but the spring and early summer found this tree so beautiful, everyone in my area was commenting on it.
THEN, the leader lost its needles and the tree is dying from the top down, defoliated but barely alive.
HELP, this is horrible. I've sprayed it with disease control every week and broad spectrum insecticide but i'm losing it. Should i cut the leader???
Please help,
Marianne Foley

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description I am not sure what has affected your tree. It might be a disease or insect problem, it might be a reaction to the sprays, it might be due to poor rooting and thus moisture stress. This type of symptom is very difficult to diagnose long distance and I hope it is not too late to save it. I would strongly suggest you work with your county extension to obtain a specific diagnosis and then knowing that, determine how to proceed. If it is something that requires a chemical control they will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when is best to apply it. Good luck!

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