Depending on your weather pattern the last several years, your plants may be suffering from environmental stress. For evergreens that is an uneven amount of rainfall, usually too little on a regular basis. While they are all Arbs, each has developed a unique root system, some more robust than others. Be sure they are well watered as they enter your "winter" in NC and in the spring a feeding of a tree and shrub or evergreen fertilizer would also be in order. As long as they can actively grow, be sure to keep up with the water.