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Leyland Cypress Completely Brown

Posted by TreeKiller_1 NC (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 5, 13 at 13:02

I have 6 leyland cypress trees that act as a border to the road by my house. Out of the 6, one has turned completely brown and it seems that the issue came on quite quickly, or I havent really been paying much attention. The tree is about 25 ft tall and I would really not like to lose it. I have read about trimming but it seems like I would have to trim everything off. Is this really an option? Would the branches grow back or would the tree just look weird? I had a similar issue about a year after I first planted for one of the others but that tree pulled through and is now thriving. I cant remember if I pruned it or not anymore.

So, trying to be a better plant owner I would like to try and nurse back to health. I am thinking I will prune what I can and just try to make sure this particular tree receives extra water beyond what nature gives. Was thinking about putting some 5 gallon buckets out for a slow drip. Does this seem realistic or should I probably kiss it goodbye? I was hoping to avoid having to start fresh with a smaller tree in its place.

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RE: Leyland Cypress Completely Brown

It's probably not a water issue - esp. in NC - it's been wet this year, hasn't it?

Leylands are notorious for disease issues. Others more knowledgable can chime in.

I'd also recommend the conifer forum since a lot of the conifer experts hang out over there.

RE: Leyland Cypress Completely Brown

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 5, 13 at 15:43

If tree is all brown and dry it is shot. Watering problems are probably the most common issue with new plantings, start there with your checking - pull the thing out and look inside the root-ball and in the planting hole - you may be surprised.

RE: Leyland Cypress Completely Brown

all brown means all dead...

and unless you post a picture.. to change my mind.. there is nothing you can do about it ..

and no.. fertilizer will NOT help a stressed or dead tree ...


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