arborvitae shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Amsterdam, Ne
Question by sbaldwin50
October 7, 2009
We planted Arborvitae shrubs in the spring. They have been green all summer. Now they have a lot of dead brown needles on the inside of them.
Is this normal for them, or did we do something wrong?
Thank you.

Answer from NGA
October 7, 2009


It's normal for the innermost foliage to die off on evergreens. Although they are technically evergreen, they do normally lose their oldest foliage which is on the inner branches and close to the center of the plant. As your arborvitaes put out fresh growth in the spring they will look full and dense inspite of the missing older foliage. Best wishes with your arborvitaes.

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