Finding out why a plant died is like solving a murder mystery. Sometimes the solution is right in front of you. Other times you must dig deep to find the right clues.

In this case we examined all of the above ground clues and still hadn't reached a conclusion. That left only the roots. We dug the plant and examined the crown and roots, then cut the crown in half. What we found supports our theory that a gridling root strangled this dwarf Japanese white pine.

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