Cedar Flagging

Cedar Flagging is a natural occurrence

Cedar flagging is a natural process that is often confused with a disease.  Evergreen plants, including conifers and broad leaf types, naturally shed some old foliage each year. Stress factors, such as insufficient water, hot winds, construction damage or other root disturbance, poor planting procedures, or recent planting can promote flagging.
Symptoms of needle drop and cedar flagging include the development of brown foliage on the tree or shrub in late summer and persist into mid-late fall. Affected foliage is growth from previous years while foliage developed during the current year (new growth at branch tips) remains green. The brown branchlets, called flags, are generally spread uniformly through the canopy. Most of the dead foliage is blown or washed out of the plant by wind and rain in fall and winter and the tree typically looks green and healthy again by spring.


Natural seasonal leaf drop on Rhodie

Natural seasonal leaf drop on Rhodie

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