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Dawn Redwood - May 2023

Dawn Redwood - November 2023
Helena wrote to enquire about her Dawn Redwood losing lower branches. "They have recently cut back the scrubs around the base of the tree and noticed that several of the lower branches have died. Is this normal or should we be concerned."

Pine trees will often discard branches that are completely shaded by other foliage. I suspect this may be the case with your client's tree because you mentioned that there was scrub growing around the base of the tree and perhaps the lower branches were smothered. I can't say I've had direct experience of this happening with Dawn Redwood because I've not enocountered any in that situation, but I've often noticed this effect occuring with Giant Redwoods.

If this is what has happened with your client's tree then perhaps the tree is in good health (as the rest of the tree appears from the photograph) and the upside from losing the lower branches and foliage is that the trunk is more easily visible.

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