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Can anyone suggest why my conifer has gone brown, i have 2 trees, this one  has developed brown patches, there are some green leaves underneath on some of the branches, but not a happy tree. Is this likely to affect my other tree, or is it just dry? i can find non evidence of beasts on the branches. I live in Aberdeen, east coast. 





  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Doesn't look too alive Sarah does it? Think it's a gonner. Cold enough anyway where you are and after the winter and spring this year think that's been a bridge too far. What a shame.

    You could always paint it green so that you still have the feature! image

    Did you prune it into shape yourself?

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    That's a lovely bit of pruning Sarah, a great shame it's come to this.image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Sarah 31Sarah 31 Posts: 57

      We have 2, my other half is a bit handy with the snips, we " reclaimed" the conifers  and shapped them,  they have been snipped for about 5 years now. Don't want to leave it if there is a chance of something spreading.  Gutted its gone brown image 

    conifers like cool weather image 

  • Sarah 31Sarah 31 Posts: 57

    Ok, thanks for  the advice, thats what we thought. 

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    The second plant might be salvageable. Spray it with Provado Ultimate Bug Killer for 2 weeks and keep the tree watered and fed.

    The first plant looks like Thuja - you can remove all the dead brown bits with your fingers but it will take a long time to look good. Thuja does regrow but not on old wood, hence using your fingers to remove the dead parts and not a saw.

  • Sarah 31Sarah 31 Posts: 57

    some branches still have sime green, others are all brown , thanks for suggestion

  • Sarah 31Sarah 31 Posts: 57

    All brown patches carefully removed, there is green underneath, will give it a good water and feed and see what happens . Trees have already been sprayed. The trees are about 20 years old, would hate to loose them.

  • Sarah 31Sarah 31 Posts: 57



    This is the healthy one


  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I do not think that the cloud pruned tree is terminal. Good luck!

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