Striations of brown

Asked December 11, 2015, 3:49 PM EST

Hello, Please see the attached photos. The first one was taken this summer and the second one was taken this past week. During the summer I noticed the interior needles turning beige/browns. I gave this plant a good soak once a week. Can you assess what caused this problem and if there are any action steps I can take to save the plant? Thanks,

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

The shrub looks like a type of juniper, maybe Juniperus squamata. If your plant is new, it looks like it may be adapting to the site. Also, the browning may be old needle drop. This juniper is adaptable and tolerates dry soils. Do not overwater.
The photo on the right is displaying winter color. No control is necessary now.
Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and keep away from the base of the stem. Monitor your shrub into the growing season and send us additional photos if symptoms persist.
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