Why is our Blue Atlas Cedar losing so many needles and look like it is dying? - Knowledgebase Question

Norman, Ok
Question by melissabuhl
July 8, 2006
Our Blue Atlas Cedar keeps losing so many needles and looks brownish even though there seems to be new growth at the tips. This tree has been planted for approximately 3 years. Do these trees normally shed like this and still be healthy?

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2006


Evergreens do lose some of their oldest needles every year, but an excessive browning could indicate a pest or disease problem or a cultural problem leading to stress. I would strongly suggest you consult with your local county extension to determine the cause of the discoloring and based on knowing that, determine if you need to do something. If a chemical control is needed, they will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when to use it for maximum results.

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