Brown shrub - Knowledgebase Question

Indianapolis, In
Question by pg2032
March 24, 2009
planted a small (3') cypress spruce last year. Now (3/09) it is mostly brown with tiny bits of green--think it is dead?? Another is brown half-way up. Dead?

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2009


Winter stress can turn these off color, poor rooting can cause foliage problems, as can overwatering. Underwatering could also cause them to brown. Based on your description I am not sure what has happened to them. And since they are relatively newly planted they may not have rooted well before winter weather arrived. I hate to give up on plants, but without seeing them it is very hard to say whether they will be okay in the long run, or not.

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