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Posted by lizzy5225 z4 IA (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 6, 06 at 14:57

I planted black hills evergreens 3 years ago and have had no trouble with browning until this year. One tree is completely brown except for the bottom 2 branches that are very green. What could be the problem. I have already fed with granules this spring.

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RE: Evergreens

  • Posted by jspece Josh - z4 IA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 6, 06 at 16:14

I think our extremely mild January is responsible for a lot of the odd winter kill we are seeing in some of the woody plants. They started to switch into growth mode when it was so warm, but it turned cold again in February...freeze/thaw like that can be disasterous for plants.

Unfortunately, it sounds like your tree is a goner. Unless you see new growth on the brown branches, it will never recover. Conifers can not regrow from a brown, dead branch.

RE: Evergreens

Does that mean that on a tree that has one brown branch, the rest will die? If not, should I cut that branch?
Thank you for your help!

RE: Evergreens

  • Posted by jspece Josh - z4 IA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 7, 06 at 13:27

A single (or few) brown branches are not life threatening to a good sized tree. I would wait a few more weeks to see if the branch puts out any new growth on the tips. If it does, leave it. If the branch is dead, you can remove it. In time, the bare hole should fill in with surrounding branches.

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