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3mark
May 30, 2017 2:04 PM CST
This is some kind of Chamaecyparis.
It's supposed to be yellow at the ends - but certainly not brown.
No bugs were spotted, there was no excessive heat or cold recently.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 30, 2017 8:01 PM CST
How about wind?
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 31, 2017 6:32 AM CST
How long have you had it? What is your soil ph? They like neutral to alkaline but, in my experience, don't like acidic but will tolerate it. Are the brown parts crispy? Wind or over/under watering would be another suggestion.
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CindySue
May 31, 2017 8:21 AM CST
I call this sort of thing a "sacrificial brownout" - like when a power company selectively schedules brownouts to avoid blackouts. I would say that this is an internal, moisture-related, sacrificial brownout, as evidenced by the perfection of the greened portion. Either this specimen is extra busy doing something else and doesn't have the oomph to take care of more pressing business AND transport moisture all the way to the tips or it's simply not getting enough water for this stage of its development. But, what's "enough"?

If you're in a dry spell, you can snip off the sacrificed bits and just let it do its thing or you can water it. Personally, I'd let it be because if it's a dry spell - and dry spells happen - it's probably drilling down - i.e. shooting roots downward in search of moisture - which is a GOOD thing.

If you take control of the water when such things happen, it will stop sacrificing but will also always be vulnerable whereas, if you let it drill down, it will establish a water supply that is not wholly dependent on rainfall (or on you).

If it's not a dry spell, then it's most likely taking care of some other kind of important, labor-intensive business which could be just about anything from sharing limited resources with a new neighbor (also not a bad thing) to fighting off some sort of "infection".

I would snip off the brown bits to relieve the concern - both yours and his - and let him take care of business. Plants have a lot of stuff to do and everything WE do is an interruption because they have to stop what they're doing to assess and deal with what we're doing.
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