Evergreen tree health

Asked November 20, 2019, 3:01 PM EST

I have a beautiful (and rather large) evergreen tree that is beginning to display dead branches and needles within the inner part of the tree. This recently began and is now spreading throughout the entire tree. Is there a way to correct this? (see attached pictures).

Davis County Utah

1 Response

This is fall needle drop, caused by the innermost needles dying and eventually falling off. This happens every year in the fall and about one year’s worth of needles die each year. The reason for it is that, though the tree is evergreen, the needles only live for so many years. It only becomes a problem if the production of new needles on the new growth in the spring doesn’t keep up with the loss of the old needles inside the canopy. Your tree looks fine though.