- Needles turn brown or purplish brown in late winter early spring
- Needles turn brown from tip down, needle base remains green
- Needles at the tip of the branch are more severely discolored than those close to the trunk
- Common in trees exposed to wind and sun, or from light reflecting off buildings
- Damage often only on one side of the tree
- Damage most severe at the top of the tree, branches covered by snow are unaffected
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