Help with pine tree.


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Old 06-02-21, 07:20 PM
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Help with pine tree.

Two years ago this was a potted 8' christmas tree. It grew like crazy. Lush, sticky green, smelled great. Two weeks ago when the weather turned hot, this happened. So afraid it is root rot. I'm hoping it was lack of water when the weather turned from may grey to early summer 90s and it will come back. Soil is looks moist but not wet, considered that moisture might be too shallow and need to aerate.


 

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Old 06-03-21, 04:38 AM
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Where are you located? What variety/species tree is it? It looks like a type of fir. Most Christmas tree varieties don't do well in hot climates and will eventually die.
 
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Old 06-03-21, 09:34 AM
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High desert California. I believe we are zone 8b. This tree did awesome for 2 years. I have one that's going on 4 years. There are a lot of similar trees around. So thinking it is the heat, should I up the water. Normally by this time I would have increased watering but we had a very cool and overcast May so I had the drippers at 5 minutes once a day.
I don't remember exact species of tree. Our climate is dry and goes from 25 to 105 Fahrenheit. My fear is root rot. Also, the local mountains have a pretty devastating bark beetle problem.
 
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Is there any pitch running down the trunk ? Are there any beetle droppings or sawdust at the base of the tree ?
 
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Old 06-03-21, 06:08 PM
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I did not see any, but will look closer. Will any other parasites attack the tree besides bark beetle?
 
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There are a number of pests that infect pines. Look closely at the trunk. If you see little holes randomly on the trunk then it could be some boring insect. If you have little holes but they are in a straightish line or grouped together it's likely a bird.
 
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I didn't see any of these. I upped the watering, but I am still thinking root rot or a fungus. Going to dig up some roots if the watering doesn't seem to help. My wife is bummed because each tree represents a Christmas to here. We have planted 5. One died immediately, root bound but 4 thrived. This one grew the fastest. Another fear is that a contact weed killer got on it. But I don't know if a tiny amount of incidental contact could kill a 20 foot tree.
 
 

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