Hi everyone. I have a beautiful weeping blue atlas cedar in my garden in zone 8. It has quite a few brown needles on it (maybe 5% or the needles are brown). It's strange that the brown needles appear only sporadically. The needles on this tree grow in little "tufts" all along the branches, the dead needles will be one whole "tuft" on a branch with maybe 20 tufts that are uneffected. Also, the leader has brown needles for about 8 inches of its length. The tree is about 5.5 feet tall but has been trained in a zig-zag pattern so it may actually be quite old already. It has been in my garden only for 1.5 years. Could this be damage from the severe (for our zone) cold we had this past winter that is only showing up now (end of May, early June)? The tree has 3-5" new growth at the end of every branch so it seems fairly healthy, except the leader which has a good 8" of brown needles in a row, and the new growth on the leader (which is quite thin and fragile) is now very limp and looks like it's on it's way out. Any input would be appreciated.