Why are my white pine trees turning brown?
Several things can cause browning needles on white pine. The most common thing is the natural browning, and dropping, of the older, inner needles. Needles that are 4-6 years old will yellow, then brown and drop in the fall. It is normal for conifers to drop their oldest needles in the fall.
Why does my pine tree have brown needles?
Environmental Causes of Pine Tree BrowningIn years of heavy rain or extreme drought, pine trees may brown in response. Browning is often caused by an inability of the pine tree to uptake enough water to keep its needles alive. When moisture is overly abundant and drainage is poor, root rot is often the culprit.
Do white pines turn brown?
Every year, white pines shed some of their older needles and replace them with new growth. This is a normal process. If entire sections of needles nearest the trunk suddenly turn yellow, then brown, especially in the fall, the tree is probably getting ready to drop the old needles to make room for new ones.
How can you tell if a pine tree is dying?
Signs of a Sick and Dying Pine Tree
- Bark Peeling. One tell-tale sign of a sick pine tree is bark peeling away.
- Brown Needles. Pine trees should maintain their distinct green color throughout the year.
- Early Needle Drop. Normally, pine trees will shed their needles in the late summer to early fall.