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From: Danny Noland
Lexington, IL
I have a 8 yr old bald cypress,yesterday Friday I had branches all over the ground.small branches some 2 to 3 ft.1/8-1/4 of an inch in diameter all needles are brown but still attached to branches.lost a limb in summer 11/4 dia. dead needles on it also. this is very messy should I remove or check or treat tree.

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From: Sandra Mason
State Master Gardener Coordinator
Champaign/Ford/Iroquois/Vermilion Unit
hi Danny, Bald cypress have few insect and disease problems. not sure what is going on, obviously we expect needles to turn brown in fall since they are deciduous. also this year it should have gotten plenty of rain. i suggest carefully digging around the base of the tree to make sure there are no girdling roots. is the tree putting on any new growth? i also suggest contacting your local UI Extension office. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/ they may be able to provide more info or can send a picture through our digital distance diagnostics. sandy

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