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Common Cultural : Needle loss
(revision date: 4/30/2013)

Conifer trees periodically shed older needles. In the early fall following a dry summer, western red cedar often dramatically shed older needles; this is known as cedar flagging. Broadleaf evergreen plants also show periodic dropping (abscission) of older leaves. This is a natural biological process and not cause for concern in most instances.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
None recommended
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Chemical Management

None recommended

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Caption: Pine natural needle drop
Photo by: R. Maleike
Caption: Cedar flagging
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Cedar flagging close-up
Photo by: R.S. Byther