Can I save this from death?

What has been a great and easy plant to manage for 6 months turned a very brown color in a matter of 3 days (see picture).


  • I live in Miami
  • It rains a lot
  • I take care not to overwater
  • I have fertilized in the spring.

I’m at a loss as to what steps, if any, I can do to save this juniper give how sudden the transition.

Temperature wise, Miami has dropped a few degrees from true humid hellscape to mostly humid.

Any suggestions?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I am afraid this tree is dead. If you scrape a small section of bark, you will likely see that it is brown and dead at the cambial layer. If it were alive it would still be green. The way junipers frequently die is that the foliage is the last part of the tree to dry out. Consequently, the tree can be dead for weeks or months before the foliage turns. And when it dies following this pattern, it usually menas you’ve got a root problem, meaning some form of root rot.