In March of this year a 7' Cedrus Atlantica Glauca Fastigiata, which I believe is a.k.a. a Blue Atlas Cedar, was planted in the front of my house (about five feet from the foundation) in Long Island, New York. The tree is next to a sprinkler head which I believe saved it from our very dry summer. The tree looked beautiful up until about a week ago when our period of drought ended. We had rain for 8 days straight. My wife and I left for a trip to Canada and returned on the last day of this rainy period. As I opened the door to the house I looked over and noticed some of the needles were turning almost a chocolate brown and there were blue/blue green needles around the tree on the mulch. A few weeks later and there is adequate moisture now where the other newly planted bushes are loving it, but more and more needles are falling off the Blue Atlas. I feel helpless and do not want to do anything without professional advice. At first I hoped that it was shedding its needles for winter needles. But I feel like I am watching an angel lose its wings, feather by feather. I read some postings that gave me some hope where other trees came back in the spring after losing their needles. However, if there is something I can do to help this baby along, I am open to advice. I have been checking the tree for evidence of mites or holes and have not seen anything. The limbs are flexible still and the last inches of needles all the way at the tip top of the tree are green and young. I would say that about 65 percent of the needles still remain on the tree. But if you put just a little bit of pressure on them they come off. We have an Alberta Spruce that was transplanted and some of the needles turned brown on one side but eventually it pulled itself together and is doing well now. Can this be from too much water all of a sudden after a period of very little water where it actually did very well?