Cedar trees are dieing

Asked October 16, 2018, 12:59 PM EDT

I have several cedar trees in my yard that are turning brown because the needles are dying. Is there some kind of disease or pest that could be causing them to die?

Clinton County Michigan

1 Response

It is normal for arborvitae (also called white cedar) to lose inner needles in the fall. Despite the term "evergreen" arborvitae needles only last two years and drop off in the fall.it can look alarming, but it is normal for this to happen. on the other hand, if your arborvitae is losing needles from the branch tips that may be cause for concern. if this is the case, please take some photos and I will try to assist you with figuring out the cause.