Asked on May 18, 2014

Weeping Alaskan turning brown.

Any ideas why my tree is turning brown? will it be ok. We had a very cold winter and so far a very wet spring. could this be whats wrong? Tree was planted here 12 yrs. ago and have had no problems, it was doing great.
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  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 18, 2014
    I have no idea what is going on with this, but I do know that all my shrubs look like they have been scalded! We cut back our gardenias just before cold weather and they looked awful...were not recovering well so we cut them back they really look bad. The one we cut back the most looks the tomorrow we are cutting them all back to about 1 ft. high....they were 5' high! I guess all we can do is "wait and see"!
  • Luis Luis on May 18, 2014
    Meridith, it is needle or tip blight, a fungal disease that is encouraged by damp, humid weather and our wet spring so far is a prime incubator of this problem. Most established weeping Atlas cedars will show some symptoms of this in mid to late spring or early in our climate. Generally not a huge problem and can be controlled by pruning out infected portions but it typically runs its course with the season. Extreme infections can be treated with an appropriate fungicide but this is not often necessary."Taken from Garden Web"
    • Meredith bungard Meredith bungard on May 21, 2014
      @Luis Thank you so much. I've trimmed out the brown ones and we'll see how it goes! Looks a little bare right now. Thanks again!