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Ponderosa pine fall needle drop

Fading, Off-Color Pine Needles Normal in Autumn

Colorado evergreens shed their older, interior needles as part of an annual growth cycle. Needles on the lower portions of the crown or closest to the trunk are most commonly shed, but trees stressed due to drought or root damage may shed more needles to keep the tree in balance with its root system.

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woman wraps tape measure around an evergreen tree.

Happy Colorado Day, Everyone!

The Colorado State Forest Service works year round, statewide to care for Colorado’s trees, working with partners in towns and cities, federal land managers, private landowners and Colorado State Parks. Throughout August, we’ll add examples of our work in state parks across state. 

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