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Is my tree dead? :(

awoleafawoleaf West LondonPosts: 18
Hello folks, I am a gardening novice but trying to learn.  I was hoping you would be able to help please?  We have a tree in our garden which I suspect is dying or dead.  I've attached some pictures and I'm considering contacting a specialist but wanted to get a general steer first.  Can you help?  What do you think?

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,488
    It's dead.😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,313
    It's very dead ...
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,443
    Agreed... sorry!
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,313
    At least we've saved you money as you won't need to consult anyone @awoleaf ;)
      
    Once they get brown like that, you can't alter them.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • awoleafawoleaf West LondonPosts: 18
     :'(  Oh no.  Suspicion confirmed.  Thank you all.  Appreciate it.  

    Can I ask, what could have happened to it?  

    It's sibling on the left seems to be ok (although I spot a couple of small patches of browning leaves as I look now).
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,313
    They like a lot of water, so if they go short for a long period, it's easy for them to decline. Many people have had this problem in the last couple of years - with all sorts of trees and shrubs, not just conifers. 
    They can withstand quite a lot of drier conditions when well established, but sometimes it's just survival of the fittest. There's a huge amount of planting there so it's a lot of competition for moisture.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • awoleafawoleaf West LondonPosts: 18
    Thank you Fairygirl.  I appreciate your help.  I must admit, I'm not in the habit of watering the garden but perhaps need to change that.  Yes, there is a lot of plants around there.    

    How sad that the tree has died  :s   Do you have any ideas for a fast growing tree that could match its height (and will get watered!)?  I could plant another conifer but not sure how quickly it will establish and grow :)
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,488
    Is there something behind it that you want to hide? If not, I'd see how the other trees get on with a bit more space before planting something new.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • awoleafawoleaf West LondonPosts: 18
    Yes and fair question B3.  It is about privacy and there is a bit of gap now there left (especially once I remove the tree).
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,313
    Conifers are very slow growing, but they continue to grow so can become huge, depending on the variety. 
    The problem with fast growing trees and shrubs is that they don't conveniently stop growing at a desired height  ;)
    Getting something else established there will take a bit of effort, as it  will need a lot of watering. It would also benefit the soil to be boosted a good bit first - some good compost and well rotted manure would be good. Any organic material really. 

    You could put a climber in there for something different, but there aren't so many evergreens if you want the gap covered all year round. It would need some trellis or similar to grow on to get coverage of the gap.
    Holly or Mahonia would also be nice - a bit of contrast to the conifers, but as @B3 says, there isn't actually a lot of room and the other conifer would probably appreciate a bit more space. A columnar yew would work, and would fit the space. Quite slow growing though, as are the others I mentioned.
    Those three shrubs are all evergreens.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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