tkrice wrote:I am sure it is a juniper tree. And you're right, leaves was the incorrect term...the needles are falling. Not the individual needles, but about 0.5-1 cm segments of the branches are falling off. They are not turning brown, but seem very brittle. Maybe I didn't water it enough. I try to water it 1-2 times a week.
I did the scratch test, and I think I could see some green. I put the tree outside as you suggested. Can it stay outside all winter through the snow?
Also, during the dormant period, should I expect any change in the physical appearance of the tree?
Thanks for all your help.
Um...you would know for sure if you saw green
. Scratch it again and make sure.
You cannot possibly water on a schedule, read the links below, A junipers foliage can stay green for months after its demise.
Junipers live outside in weather like yours in their natural enviroment, besides snow is an excellent insulator.
Do read alot at this site to inform you about bonsai in general and junipers also. https://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics.html
Your next tree will benefit from your study of the info contained there.
The shock of just plunking it outside without any acclimation as it had not been living there adjusting to the dropping temps is not going to be good for it at all [If it is still alive, Which I am doubting very much, Sorry.].
It needs to acclimate to the temps. Read up on those links.
Get back to us about the second scratch. Any possibility of a picture?