Juniper top brown

Asked September 7, 2016, 11:42 AM EDT

This year and last year the top of my two juniper shrubs have turned brown. One shrub appears to have grown out of it and is green. The other is still brown at the top. They are about 3 feet tall and in full sun at south side of building. What is the problem and your recommendation please. Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

Based on your photo this looks like a shore juniper. Junipers usually look good once planted and after a while decline due to lack of sunlight, winter injury, vole damage, possible diseases, poor drainage, etc. Junipers grow best in full sunlight and a well drained soil. They can be susceptible to root rots if the soil is heavy and does not drain well. You will have to check for this. Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and kept away from the base of the plants. This plant does not look like it is going to recover and most likely you will have to replace.