This pinus strobus nana is about four years old and has done very poorly this year. Alkaline clay base soil with a full sun, south exposure and a mulch of pine needles.
The soil has a ph of a little over 7. There are no signs of fungal/bacterial disease
The tree was planted four years ago. There was a lot of dieback this spring but this is the first year the needles have been so yellow.
I can add more organic soil and use acid fertilizer but changing the ph of the soil radically is a daunting prospect. Sulfur might do the job.
Symptoms: The mealy bug problems referred to here seem to be gone but the colour is chlorotic and the interior branches are black rather than the usual brown bark colour. USDA zone 4 with lows to -30 Deg C.