Brown Buds on Cryptomeria - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
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Question by StevenLasso
May 26, 1999
One year ago I planted a cryptomeria that has been growing very well. Since the end of winter there have been many brown buds at the end of the branches. When I shake the tree they fall off in droves. It still is browning, but I was wondering if this is normal or not? In addition, I am wondering what type of pruning is best for this tree?

Answer from NGA
May 26, 1999
Cryptomeria may bronze somewhat in the winter, especially if it is exposed to wind, but should green up again in the spring. For this reason a sheltered location out of wind is recommended. A newly planted tree would be particularly sensitive to winter wind as well as to drought. These trees prefer a deep, rich, moist and acid soil, and a lack in any of these areas could contribute to browning tips. In addition, it is possible that it is suffering from either a leaf blight or some form of leaf spot. You might wish to take a sample to your County Extension (454-0900) for a more specific diagnosis and suggested controls, if any. Finally, these trees as a rule require little or no pruning and usually have a lovely shape all on their own.

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