Answer: There are many possible roots to the symptoms you describe. When you take a close look at the shrub, are there any scars, growths or cankers on the main trunk? Is where this shrub grows very different than that where the other shrubs grow? Are there any spots, scales or webbing on the needles and branches? If you can't find any obvious signs of
problems after looking the shrub over, there may be a leaking water or gas line under the shrub, or perhaps the roots are confined to the planting hole because of a great variation in the soil it grew in while potted and the soil it's in now. If none of these are evident or likely, give your extension service office (ph# 816/252-5051) a call - they have a plant pathology lab that can help you from there. Good luck!
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