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Fall needle drop of evergreens

By The Old House Web

Fall needle drop of evergreens


Narrow-leaved evergreens often turn yellowish in late summer or early autumn. This is usually the normal shedding of the oldest leaves.

A rather sudden yellowing affects the oldest set of needles on all the branches. The yellowing is uniform from the top to the bottom of the tree. The needles at the tips of the branches stay green. On a windy day, the yellowed needles blow off the tree and litter the ground. This is a normal process, so nothing needs to be done.

If the yellowing is not uniform, if it occurs earlier in the season or if the needles at the tips of the branches turn brown, the cause may be something other than natural fall needle drop.

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