Asked January 13, 2021, 9:30 AM EST
This was once such a beautiful tree that a prospective buyer of the house next door came over and asked to see it. What killed it?
I am 95% certain this is a Cedrus Brevifolia. If I am confused, it's with its pair, planted at the same time, a Cedrus Libani.
Interestingly, my Libani, twice as big as the Cyprus, has had a rough year, dropping many more needles than I remember from past years. I consider it excessive because it has wiped out entire branches, somewhat randomly throughout the tree; although mostly lower branches. This is my first year requiring removal of dead branches.
A few years back, my mother's weeping blue atlas, MANY years old, died almost overnight. I do not remember white sap stains; which does not mean they weren't there, only that I do not remember that symptom.
So, that's my story. Are these all related? What killed the Cyprus? Should I give up on cedars?
Thank you for your time and service, Andy Darby
Montgomery County Maryland