Is this monkey puzzle dead?

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  1. Puzzled Monkey

    Puzzled Monkey New Member

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    Hello,

    We have two Monkey Puzzles in our front lawn. I think one of them is dead but I'd rather be sure before I get a digger in to take it out. Can anyone tell from the photos if it's dead?

    The last photo is of the second monkey puzzle. There's still a bit of green on the top so I'm guessing it's still alive!
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    If there's green there's hope.
     
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    I only see green on one. Does that mean that there's no hope for the other?!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    With conifers, red = dead.
     
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    :( maybe this is like asking "how long is a piece of string" but how long is a dead monkey puzzle expected to stay standing?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Cracking of the soil near the bottom after winds can be a hint that it is starting to come loose.
     
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    In Native Chili, the trees may grow to 30 to 40 metres, yet loose all their lower limbs way up to the crown head, shame if they have succumb to pollution.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A bit worrying that two of the young ones also look dead or nearly dead. I'd suspect some soil-borne fungal disease, such as Phytophthora; the recent wet summers could have left the soil waterlogged, which encourages fungal diseases.
     

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