What is this plant disease?
I dug through my plant tags and compared them with Google images. This is the most likely: Chamaecyparis obtusa habari
I have attached a picture a little further back. Will grow to 3' tall.
I can't find any images of male pollen cones to confirm your diagnosis. Will keep looking.
This is definitely not male pollen cones. It's affecting one major area of this tiny shrub and a few other scattered areas.
My best guess is that it's a fungus but I having no luck finding anything online to verify that.
I attached 2 new pics that might help.
Any other ideas??
Wow, this is a curious issue. I think these suggestions are by previous folks are good ones. I don't recognize this either, nor have I seen this plant! However, based on the discussion, I think you should prune all the dead out, and wash it with hard spray in case there are spider mites etc. And then see how it develops in the future.
Do these rub off? Dried old pollen cones is still a possibility. Here’s images: https://www.alamy.com/chamaecyparis-lawsoniana-wisselii-image280032100.html
Wow, that pic looks close to what I see. I will check to see if anything rubs off. I can tell you it is TIGHTLY PACKED.
Some parts show a little powder (pollen?) when rubbing, but not all parts.
We might not know what it is via photos. Watch the overall plant health, and as things change the next few months, I hope your plant lives. The virus situation prohibits us from offering office hours for you to bring a cutting to share with staff or volunteers for better examination.