browning of red cedar

Asked July 17, 2017, 12:10 PM EDT

Browning on Red Cedar. I have started to water this summer after browning and shedding.....Watering slowly over hours; plants nearby seem to be OK. The tree came up on its own a few years ago, but an old dog wood next to it died a year ago, so I let this to grow. It now gets all sun.

Montgomery County Maryland trees and shrubs trees

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This is an native Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and this is normal for this type of tree. They brown out at the bottom like that. They do best in full sun, but they are susceptible to twig blights, rust, and spider mites. This browning out is common in natural seedlings of this species. If you like the type of tree, there are cultivars that have been developed for a fuller shape. Several cultivars are listed on the following web page.