The Q&A Archives: Why is our Blue Atlas Cedar losing so many needles and look like it is dying?

Question: Our Blue Atlas Cedar keeps losing so many needles and looks brownish even though there seems to be new growth at the tips. This tree has been planted for approximately 3 years. Do these trees normally shed like this and still be healthy?

Answer: Evergreens do lose some of their oldest needles every year, but an excessive browning could indicate a pest or disease problem or a cultural problem leading to stress. I would strongly suggest you consult with your local county extension to determine the cause of the discoloring and based on knowing that, determine if you need to do something. If a chemical control is needed, they will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to use it for maximum results.

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