We lost 2 trees planted last year (Mtn. Hemlock & Sitka spruce) and have no clue why. The Sitka was a seedling - one of the many we distributed at out wedding, 21 years ago. It had been in a large pot (as we lived in a condo, until a couple of years ago), and was planted just last year, in a fairly shady spot (morning and late afternoon filtered sun). The Hemlock was planted last year as well, in a partly shaded spot (shade in the mid to late afternoon). The environment is riparian/woodland; they are on the bank, uphill from our creek, in SW Coquitlam. Much care was taken in preparing the site: organic compost/fresh topsoil was mixed with the soil in situ; rock dust added for long term nutrients; organic "booster" fertilizer watered in (rec. by the nursery) to aid in their establishment. Sadly, the Hemlock is as brown and dead as can be - worst I've ever seen and the Sitka was more gradual, but a similar fate befell it. Does anyone have any ideas as to what may have caused this? the Hemlock was a robust potted nursery purchase, and the Sitka was so-so - we thought, because it needed more room.