Question: I am noticing pine trees dying in my neighbors’ yards and along the streets in Carmel and NE Indianapolis. The needles turn rust colored and fall within a couple weeks – leaving a bare tree. Some of these trees are mature but most are young. Should I be concerned? What should I do to protect my pine trees? What should I be looking for if it is a pest?
Answer: Many Indiana trees are dying from stress caused by the extreme weather we have had in the last few years. Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell and Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Rosie Lerner discuss this in more detail in the Purdue Agriculture News article “Purdue experts: Tree deaths across Indiana may be related to weather stress.” There are also other potential causes of foliar discoloration and branch dieback in pine trees that are explained in the publication “Stress-related Conifer Dieback“.
Purdue experts: Tree deaths across Indiana may be related to weather stress – Purdue Agriculture News
Stress-related Conifer Dieback – The Education Store, Purdue Extension Resource Center
Purdue Plant Doctor App – Purdue Botany and Plant Pathology and Extension Entomology
Lenny Farlee, Sustaining Hardwood Extension Specialist
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources