Pine Trees | Brown needles?

Asked October 2, 2019, 11:04 AM EDT

{I apologize if this is a duplicate from yesterday] Judging by these photos - is this a normal cycle for Pines or is there cause for concern. Any links you can provide for more in depth information?

Jefferson County Oregon forestry trees and shrubs

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Hi, The change in interior needle color on your pine tree is normal for this time of year especially when the weather starts to change. You only need be concerned when it is the new growth or needles at the tips of the branches turning brown that there is a bigger concern. As pine trees grow and shade out the interior needles, the needles are no longer needed and cannot make food (without the sun) so the tree will shed these needles. Some years it is more noticeable than others. Here is some more information on this process: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/conifers-naturally-shed-needles-summer-fall https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/horticulture/normal-fall-needle-drop-in-conifers