The Q&A Archives: Junipers

Question: My Juniper shrubs are dying and I have not been able to determine why. Can you help?

Answer: Insects can cause problems, but root rot is common on junipers if the soil doesn't drain well. You won't be able to tell without digging the plant and inspecting the root system. Check for mushy or foul-smelling roots, or those that are rusty or brown in color (instead of creamy white inside). If the root system appears okay, then cut through the trunk of the juniper to look for discolored tissue. If the tissue is the same color throughout, you've ruled out diseases. Aside from the above, not much will kill a juniper. Best wishes with your landscape!

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