Trees/large shrubs rapid browning

Asked August 15, 2018, 12:30 PM EDT

We had 12"+ rain in Shady Side in July. In the last 3 weeks - 2 redbuds have died and a very old juniper. Pictures attached. The redbuds, one of which was puny, may have suffered from root suffocation from water as it is wet there. The juniper is in a well drained sunny spot. So maybe fungus? I'm figuring all of these are goners, likely. Agree? Are you hearing similar reports from other East Coast/midAtlantic folks? Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland shrubs trees

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Sadly, we agree with you. It looks like the Eastern redbud trees and the juniper are goners. If the redbuds were in a saturated soil for a period of time, their roots would not have gotten sufficient oxygen. Redbuds are susceptible to other problems too (did you see any borer holes or damage to the trunk?) but a root decay problem sounds likely if they were in a wet area. The juniper looks like it is showing symptoms of winter damage. We had a lot of reports of winter damage in evergreens this year. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/winter-damage-trees-and-shrubs

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