I have 2 conifers about 20 feet apart with patches of their needles
turning red. One is a weeping bald cypress, the other is a dwarf
alberta spruce. I see no sign of insects. I have sprayed them with a
3 in 1 product called Safer, but the areas continue to spread. Are
these trees goners? Thanks in advance.
They're very young trees, probably not planted too very long ago.
During dry spells they need to be watered deeply once each week... do
not sprinkle them every day... just one good deep watering each
week... could probably benefit from a good layer of pine bark mulch,
just don't let any mulch touch the tree trunk.
Thank you, Sheldon. I'm glad that the problem is not a disease. I
will start to properly water them. Since the bald cypress is
deciduous, it can start fresh with new needles next year, but the
spruce...will new growth (albeit slow) eventually fill in and cover
the affected areas?
The cypress may begin to start some new growth this year.
It's a young tree so I'm sure the new growth will fill in any empty
spots... just don't lop off the lower branches until you are sure they
are dead... for a specimen tree you want spruce with it's branches
clear to the ground.
I had a "fernspray cypress - compact form", the deer ate it before I
realized I needed fencing, now there's an arbovitae in it's place,
Fernspray cypress when first planted, now eaten :-)
Now an arborvitae, fenced!
I have a dwarf alberta spruce ("Jean's Dilly"), a very slow grower but
cute... luckily I planted it after I installed fencing.
First planted (2004):
I'm sure you can pick out the "Dilly" (2007):
With these type of plants it's important to keep other plants from
impinging on their space, any other limbs touching them will kill some
of their growth.
Take pictures of your plants so you can look back and appreciate their
Thanks, Sheldon. I'm glad to hear that the problem is not a disease.
I will take your advice and begin proper watering. Since the bald
cypress is deciduous, it will have a fresh start next spring, but will
the spruce ever look better?
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