Is my tree truly dead?

dead cedar tree with red needles
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We have a cedar that has lost its needles. Drought or something else? Should it be taken down?

- Washington County, OR

Evergreen trees that have turned entirely red or have lost all their needles will not recover, unfortunately. Several things could have caused your tree to die - could be drought, insects, root problems, or a combination of factors. Unless you want a dead tree as part of your landscaping then it should be taken down. 

Amy Grotta
Extension Forester
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