Yoshino cryptomeria – Turning Brown

Q:My son’s Yoshino cryptomerias were planted in the fall in full sun. I also have some in my yard, planted a year ago. Mine are green but his are getting a bronze color.

A: It’s common for ‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria to take on a bronze hue during winter. It seems to be worse on plants exposed to cold January wind. It will occur less as the plants get older but will still be noticeable if winter weather is severe. Fortunately, they turn green again in spring.