Drought damage at conifers. Amazingly caused by the winter.

"Can my japanese hinoki cypress still be saved?" ... After harsh winters a cry for help with an unexpected solution.


Drought damage at conifers. Amazingly caused by the winter.
Drought damage at conifers. Amazingly caused by the winter.
Drought damage at conifers. Amazingly caused by the winter.

In the fall of 2009, the browning of the inner foliage began, so it was portrayed in a garden question. In spring 2010, brown surfaces appeared outside and the formerly dense trees had already become light. A reason for us to explain another important principle.

That conifers, such as mussel cypresses and other conifers are drying up from the inside is completely normal. But perhaps it is only mentioned when the inside gets visible from the outside. Now we had a hard winter with multiple weather conditions, which caused that the outer sides got also brown. So that the impression arised that the trees were sick. But this not necessarily the case !

Where there is no light, not only Muschelzypressen let dry out their foliage. All the evergreen plants do that in order to pull out the juices. And this in favour for the illuminated parts of the plants that are the only ones that carry on the photosynthesis.

Actually, this is even the case for each plant- but no one realizes it, because the majority of them sheds its foliage every autumn. Next spring, of course, the sunlight reaches all the branches again and everywhere there are new drives produced. Already in Summer the light ist no more sufficient for the inner because the new foliage shades itself. Also in dense roses you can observe that the leaves in the middle are thrown when it gets too dark.

But back to the conifers. Usually one would suspect after the description above that it either a vermin or a fungus causes the brownish developpement. But after the fierce winter of 2010 it can also be something else - namely, a drough-damage!

Caused by sunny weather conditions with simultaneous freezing and / or strong winds evergreens evaporate a mass of water by the leafs or needles. Through the frozen ground it can not be replaced. The effect is that they dry up at the top, and naturally this begins at the leaf or needle tips. For this reason, you should never forget to pour evergreen plants in winter times.

We are powerless against such weather conditions. Nevertheless, it's once again a pleasure for ust a joy it to take up the photographic evidence. The conifer that you see is on the one side completely brown, while the other half is not affected by any damage. Such trees can be currently seen pretty often. And by the way you don't need a compass anymore. The center of the brown surface shows due south - exactly the direction of the most extreme sunlight!

But this tree will be fully green after some time, again. It will last about 3 years but the tree is not sick! Although it has suffered somewhat we thank the friendly plant that it was a great example to our readers.  The 'green thumb' is nothing else than an exact analysis. Keep on learning with us- the basics of
deeply understanding of natural systems ;-)