Can anyone help me with a brand new, dying Cryptomeria japonica? About 1 month ago I purchased a 13 to 14 foot c.***. It appeared to being doing well for the first 10 days or so. However, the very top of the tree started turning brownish somewhere around the 9th or 10th day. Over the last 14 days, this brownish color has spread all the way down to the middle of the tree, on all sides. I have never owned a c.***. before. I believe I planted it correctly and in the correct place--Sun all day and near another evergreen. I believe evergreens cause soil to be acidic so I would think the c.***. would be happy! The nursery that sold the tree to me told me that my watering cycle (underground lawn sprinkler system which was activiated everyday for approximately 30 minutes every day) was not a sufficient amount of water. That the tree needs a good "soaking" about every other day. To top it off, we in New Jersey had a 2 week hot spell which occured during the planting of this tree. In response to his suggestions, I have soaked the roots for 15 minutes every other day for the last week. The change in watering doesn't seem to be helping. Have I killed this tree? I don't know what's worse, loosing the tree or loosing the money for the tree. It was very expensive. How do I get it back to the green color it should be? Everyday seems to be more brown than the day before! I would be grateful for any ideas that would explain the problem.