Cryptomeria Trees Turning Brown

cold snap brown

Q: My cryptomeria trees were planted in June of last year.I think they were hurt by the cold snap March 12. They are turning brown by the day. 

A: Cryptomeria is a tough plant. They occasionally turn bronze during the winter but I don’t think I have ever seen one that was permanently harmed by freezing weather. The more probable cause of brown foliage is lack of water in the root zone. If it hasn’t been faithfully watered, even in winter, a young cryptomeria can quickly dry out. All you can do now is to begin watering appropriately and hope for the best.

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