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Juniper > Needles > Needles at base turn brown, tips remain green

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Cercospora blight
Pseudocercospora juniper

  • Foliage on lower and inner branches turns brown to gray and then falls off
  • Browning and defoliation progresses from interior of branch to exterior
  • Needles on branch tips often remain green
  • Over years, browning spreads from the bottom of the tree up until only the uppermost branches are green
  • Upon close examination, small raised black to brown spots can be seen on killed needles
  • More information on Cercospora blight

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