Carolina Sapphire Cypress Is Brown

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Last fall I purchased a Carolina Sapphire Cypress from an online seller. The plant spent a week in the mail before it reached me. It had turned brown and was extremely dry and brittle. I planted it right away and have been doing my best to try to care for it these past few months hoping it might recover. Unfortunately it is still mostly brown with just a few small green areas. Is there anything I might be able to do to help this tree?

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Cheri-If this tree was dry, brittle, with browning foliage when you recieved it, it most likely will not recover. If it does recover it may not be as full and shapely as this tree should look as it most likely will have lost a few limbs. The only thing you can do for now is keep the tree moist but not too wet. Too wet or saturated soil can be as harmful as too dry a soil. It is best not to fertilize the tree at this time as forcing a plant in stress can be harmful also. It sounds as though this plant had a problem before you had received it. A well watered and cared for plant should have no problem with only a week in shipping. Did you contact the company you purchased the cypress from regarding its condition upon delivery? Any reputable company would have replaced the tree without any questions. If you hadn't contacted them I would do so now and see what they have to say.

Please let me know what you find out.


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Cheri Meyers

Cheri Meyers · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Thanks for the quick reply. I did notify the seller as soon as I received the tree to let them know of the problem. They issued a refund for the tree but not for the shipping costs. I definitely would not buy from them again. I was hoping there might be something more I could do for the tree. I guess I will just keep caring for it and hope for the best.
Thanks again,

5 years ago ·
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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
That's a shame. They should have shipped you a new plant immediately. Hopefully it will still recover. Keeping it moist but not wet and some patience may work well. You can scratch off a small spot of bark on the limbs with browning foliage. If the underlying tissue is green that part of the tree is still living. If brown and brittle it is dead and can be cut off. Let us know how the plant is doing in a few months. Please ask if you have any other questions.

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