Cedar tree turning brown

Asked September 12, 2015, 5:56 PM EDT

We live on a lake in Charlevoix County and the water level has been very high the last two years. Two of our cedar trees have been underwater the last two winters. This summer they have turned brown. Is there a chance they will come back? Could it be from the water, or is there a disease in the area. We are seeing a lot of brown cedars.

Charlevoix County Michigan trees and shrubs cedar trees

1 Response

The cedars are most likely dead. It is a tree that can grow in moist soils but not saturated soils. That forces all the air out of the soil and replaces all those pore spaces with water. The trees essentially drowned.

There is nothing new or different in the way of diseases. We have had two bitterly cold winters and it may have accounted for some of the brown cedars in the area.