Arborvitae > Foliage > Patchy yellow to brown discoloration
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Spruce spider mite
- Needles are mottled yellowish to reddish brown
- Silk can be found between needles
- Most common during spring and fall
- Common on arborvitae, spruce and juniper
- Mites are dark green to brown; very small, 1/50 inch long
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- Small to moderate levels of feeding usually do not result in any visible symptoms
- Heavily infested foliage turns yellow, becomes thin as needles drop prematurely
- Large amounts of honeydew are produced, often resulting in the presence of sooty mold on branches, twigs and needles
- Common on arborvitae, juniper and yew
- Small, ¼ inch long, round, brown scales at bases of needles
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- Random sections of the foliage turn tan to reddish brown
- Small black spots appear within discolored sections of the foliage in late summer-early fall
- In severe cases lower branches may appear scorched
- Most severe on lower branches
- Most severe on densely planted trees or on trees where foliate remains wet or very humid
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- Foliage on tips of branches turns first yellow then dark brown
- Small twigs may be killed
- Black pinpoint sized spore producing structures on infected twigs and foliage
- Common on plants stressed by winter injury, drought or other factors
- Often most severe on lower branches of the tree
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