mature red cedar shedding branch tips

Asked September 11, 2019, 10:03 PM EDT

All kinds of branch tips, 1-4" are falling off my red cedar, including berries. This has been happening for several weeks, but may be getting worse. The tree seems otherwise OK, and hasn't been afflicted with the orange rust that sometimes forms on them. Anyone have an explanation or cure?

Washtenaw County Michigan red cedar loosing branches orange rust

1 Response

Suspect animal damage, red squirrels for one. We know they go after spruce trees in winter to feed on the tasty buds but can also be a problem anywhere and on any plant. If so, branch tips will look like they were pruned with clean cuts because of sharp teeth. Read more here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/red_squirrel_injury_to_spruce_trees_in_winter

https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/animal-damage

As long as the tree is otherwise healthy, it isn't a large cause for concern. If the tree exhibits stress in the future however, a Certified Arborist is the person to contact, one who specializes in everything woody. Find one or more Certified Arborists in your zip code at www.treesaregood,org Click on the Find an Arborist
tab. Arborist evaluations are not expensive and where you can learn much about keeping your trees healthy.