Plant ID forum: help identify tree and disease

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Rhode Island
Oct 23, 2016 9:05 AM CST

I live in the Rhode Island. I have this evergreen tree in my backyard. I do not know what tree is this. This fall I noticed that some of the branches are getting yellow from the trunk outwards. The yellow leaves are falling making the branches naked from the internal. It looks like disease to me. Anybody can help identify what is going wrong with this tree?
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Name: Rick R.
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Oct 23, 2016 3:55 PM CST
The tree looks like a false cypress species (Chamaecyparis sp.). The leaves of evergreens are not evergreen forever. Most last 2-5 years. Your tree looks healthy, and is just growing in more shade than it would prefer. Consequently the older leaves (inside the tree) are just shutting down naturally because they get even less light since they are being shaded by the new growth in addition. It's a common trait of false cypress. I don't see any evidence of disease.

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