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Brown Leaves on Boxwood

My boxwood hedge has quite a few brown leaves. It started this fall and seems to be continuing as the winter progresses. Are my plants dying?

No. The warm, dry sunny fall seems to have caused an unusual amount and early browning on boxwoods. This winter browning is normal for boxwoods exposed to winter wind and sun. Our unusual fall weather seemed to increase the problem. Reduce the browning next season by properly watering boxwoods. Avoid waterlogged and droughty soils, especially in fall. Water plantings thoroughly before the ground freezes next fall. In the future, plant boxwoods in areas shaded from winter sun and screened from winter winds. For now, wait and watch for the new green growth this spring.

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