The Q&A Archives: Brown shrub

Question: planted a small (3') cypress spruce last year. Now (3/09) it is mostly brown with tiny bits of green--think it is dead?? Another is brown half-way up. Dead?

Answer: Winter stress can turn these off color, poor rooting can cause foliage problems, as can overwatering. Underwatering could also cause them to brown. Based on your description I am not sure what has happened to them. And since they are relatively newly planted they may not have rooted well before winter weather arrived. I hate to give up on plants, but without seeing them it is very hard to say whether they will be okay in the long run, or not.

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