dying tree - Knowledgebase Question

Middletown, ny
Question by dizzy11675
August 31, 2007
I have a spiral tree it sits in front of my door gets a lot of sun it is dying. The hole tree is brown is it too late.

Thank you

Trying to save tree

Answer from NGA
August 31, 2007


Unfortunately, based on your description, it may be too late. Usually it is best to troubleshoot this type of problem as soon as you notice it starting. That way you have a better chance of stopping its progression before it does significant damage to the plant.

Working with the information in your question, I am not able to give you an identification of the plant or the problem (for example, it might be mites on a spruce or possibly a disease problem if it is a juniper, or it might be due to underwatering or overwatering or poor rooting or overfertilizing or any number of possibilities), so I can't make any suggestions as to what to do. But in case it can still be saved, I would suggest you consult with your local Cornell cooperative extension.

They will need to know specifically what kind of plant it is (spiral is a topiary shape -- it might be a spruce or juniper or some other evergreen) and would likely find photos of the overall plant and also closeups of the damage helpful. They might also appreciate a sample of the affected foliage enclosed in a plastic bag and kept cool so it stays fresh.

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful long distance. Good luck with your topiary!

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