The Q&A Archives: Vanderwolf Pine HAS BROWNING NEEDLES

Question: Our Vanderwolf Pine, which was purchased and planted in June this year, is developing brown needles on the inside of the branches. Could this be from lack of water? Root start fertilizer was used as indicated on container. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Tree is still under warranty, but would prefer to save the tree if possible.

Thank You,
Heather Whittaker

Answer: What you're seeing may be normal and natural. Pine trees drop needles in the center of the plant after 2-3 years. Their jobs are done and the tree is shedding them because they're no longer needed. Most pines shed nearly one-third of their oldest needles each year. As long as your tree looks otherwise healthy and puts all new growth each year, there is nothing to be concerned about.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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