Coastal Redwood Tree with top damaged - Knowledgebase Question

Hollister, Ca
Question by codesertrose
December 1, 2009
I purchased three Coastal Redwood Trees from your garden center in Gilroy. When I planted them I noticed one had a damaged top about 8 inches from the top on the main trunk. I looked like it had been bent with a split completely through it. I hoped it would repair itself. With the cooler weather it looks like the top foot is dying. what should I do?
Cathy Preston
Hollister, CA

Answer from NGA
December 1, 2009


If you cut the dead top from your redwood, an adjacent branch will become the central leader. Each year you will see it grow more and more upright until it is the dominant growing tip. You can safely remove the dead growth now, or you can wait until next spring to trim it off. Best wishes with your trees!

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