Browning cedar tree

Asked October 1, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

Can you help identify the problem with our landscape evergreen? We think it is a type of cypress. It is severely brown despite adequate watering. We don't want to lose this beautiful tree. We had to remove a nearby pine tree that died in Spring and was completely brown. I attached photos.

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

It appears to be an arborvitae. The brown part appears to be the oldest growth on each branch. It would be normal to shed this growth, as opposed to the new growth on the ends of the branches. If this is not what it appears, consider sending a sample to the MSU Diagnostic Clinic: From what I can see, it appears to be normal shedding. The shade from the other tree may have contributed to more being shed. Do not rip the roots out from the tree you are removing. It will damage this tree.