Juniper turning brown

Asked August 2, 2016, 1:29 PM EDT

Hello. We planted these 5 Junipers approximately 8 years ago along our driveway. They've grown like crazy, probably around 18 feet tall. This past month or so, one however looks very unhealthy. What do you recommend? Thanks very much.

Ramsey County Minnesota brown needles on juniper horticulture

1 Response

Your tree looks dead. I'd remove it.

Since your photo doesn't show a closeup of the needles or an area of the tree where the damage is just starting, I can't offer a guess as to what happened. Many factors can cause browning of needles: disease, winter damage, shade tree decline, insects. Here is a diagnostic site:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/evergreen/juniper/

You might want to have a certified arborist look at it before you take it down, since your other trees may be at risk:
http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx