Dragon's Eye Pine Looks Nearly Dead!

Asked April 20, 2015, 2:28 PM EDT

Our previously very healthy Dragon's Eye Pine suddenly turned brown with only a few pine needles that are green. There are new cones on many branches. What do you think is going on? Should we water the tree? My husband has not turned the sprinklers yet!

Ada County Idaho trees and shrubs horticulture

1 Response


A couple of things come to mind. It may be lack of water if you had a very dry fall and winter. You might also check for pine beetles. Here is a link to a fact sheet with more information on them.

http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/bark-beetles2012.pdf

If neither of these ideas fit the bill you might have to send some pictures.

Good luck!