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Problem with young Pine(?) tree

Hi all.....anyone any ideas as to what's ailing this young miniature(?) Pine tree (I think/guess it's some form of Pine, can't find the nursery id ticket now). Planted around 15 months ago.



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,278

    I can't see what is wrong with it, maybe my geriatric eyes.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • AndyWAndyW Posts: 10

    Click the images for larger versionsimage ............lots of yellow and brown 'spines' now image

  • Just to start from scratch, what is the soil like, what sort of container was the tree in at the nursery, how have you watered it since it was planted, and whereabouts in the country (roughly) are you?

  • AndyWAndyW Posts: 10

    Hi Joe, I planted the tree May 2014 i.e. about 15 months ago - it has look healthy and grown well until very recently.

    As far as I can recall the tree (somwhat smaller) was in a typical plastic plant pot when bought.
    I watered it quite regularly after planting and throughout summer 2014 - this year I have only watered it when we've had a dry spell.
    We have clay soil so the tree is planted above ground level....I knocked the bottom out of the wooden planter you see and dug/mixed general compost into the soil below.
    We are near Weston Super Mare (South West) - planted in South(ish) facing aspect.

    ....back to you image

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    have you fed it? plus with it being raised it is probably drying out too fast

  • AndyWAndyW Posts: 10

    I thought with the wet summer we've had it would be alright but I will have a look at how dry it is or isn't.
    Feeding - no I haven't.....any suggestions as to what's best?

    Thanks image

  • I'm not so sure that the summer has been all that wet. My garden says not, but I don't know about Weston.

  • AndyWAndyW Posts: 10

    My water buts are full but would usually be low/empty by now!
    Probed the soil with my finger, some damp a couple of inches down so not dried out at the moment.

  • Might be needle blight. If this years needles look ok and its last years needles that are sick it could well be.

  • AndyWAndyW Posts: 10

    Thanks Pete.....the description is pretty close to what i'm seeing:

    ....certainly worth trying spraying with an anti-fungal spray.

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