What's wrong with this tree

USCG82April 23, 2014


Does anyone know what kind of fir this is and what's wrong with it?

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Sure looks like a Norfolk pine, which is usually used as a house plant.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 9:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Called a Norfolk Island Pine, though it's not a pine but one of the Araucarias. Its needles die off for many reasons....pick one: sun scald, cold or hot drafts, spider mites, improper watering, cold damage, and more.

Whitecap is right; it is a tropical plant that is more likely to be discussed in the Houseplant Forum.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:16PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

not uncommon to lose lower branches... if grown indoors.. in too little light ...

they usually get throw out.. when they start scraping the ceiling as a houseplant ...

but you might have options in FL.. that i dont have in MI ...

as noted.. houseplant forum ..


    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 8:22AM
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Thanks so much guys. I'm new to this site and obviously a novice to plant care. I'll repost my question in the Houseplant forum.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 8:33AM
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They can grow outdoors in the Fla keys and maybe extreme south mainland Fla. They look totally different when grown outdoors. The needles point up instead of hanging down. They are skinny and tall outdoors.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:03PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

If poster is from Florida, they are NOT houseplants.

However, since this one is grown in a container, the problem may be more a 'container' gardening issue. But rhizo gave some good ideas on where to start looking.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 8:11AM
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