Browning Shrub

cubanlillyApril 13, 2011

Hello! I have a flower bed that gets partial sun and has a low evergreen shrub in it. The bed around the shrub was recently tightly covered with mini boulders that have since been spread out to make room for river rocks to fill out the bed. Well since we moved the rocks and temps started warming up a bit here the shrub began to turn brown. We were surprised as its spring and we thought things would be going strong now. There is also a yew in the same bed that is sparse because of pruning but also has some needles turning brown. Do you all think it could be disease? We would love any help you all could give!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of Shrub

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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

No, not disease (it's a white pine - Pinus strobus) - and it probably died during winter and showing those signs, now.

Dax

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 6:54AM
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pineresin

Mountain Pine Pinus mugo; looks like it is dead. Impossible to make a diagnosis of the cause of death from this pic alone. When was it planted?

Resin

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 6:56AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Well that explains why I thought it was Pinus nigra at first (a hard pine) and died from Pine Wilt Nematode. Irrelevant...

Dax

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 7:23AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i cant see the buds ....

if the buds are viable.. and start extending ... then there is some chance of life..

it had nothing to do with you moving rock ...

pines are not really shade plants... but can tolerate such.. to some extent ...

do you see any whitish, fuzzy buds... ???

ken

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 7:41AM
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cubanlilly

Thanks for all the responses! I don't see any whitish fuzz. I have posted a new closer up pic below. I don't know when it was planted; we moved into the house in June and it seemed fine then (although it was obviously desperate for sun as it had spread itself out to try to reach a sunnier spot).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22365241@N05/5618893445/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22365241@N05/5619479522/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22365241@N05/5618889105/in/photostream/

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 11:20AM
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oakiris

The tree certainly does not look happy, although, to my inexperienced eyes, that last picture in the post above looks as if there might still be some life left in those buds. Whether or not it is enough to maintain the tree though....

Only bright spot - if the plant dies, you now have the opportunity to plant something that will be happier in that small shady area.

Holly

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 1:26PM
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bernd ny zone5

Thanks for mentioning to look for buds before discarding a yellowed shrub. My Picea koreana 'CIS" probably was not suited for zone 5a, though covered with 2 ft snow, is all yellowing now too. I can feel with you, cubanlilly.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 8:52AM
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bernd ny zone5

Sorry, Abies koreana 'CIS'.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 8:55AM
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cubanlilly

So how can I know how much longer to nurture it and when to let it go? And is there anything I could do to help it along?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 11:17AM
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