Browning of leaf margins and/or yellowing or darkening of the areas between the main leaf veins are symptoms of leaf scorch. Due to environmental causes, leaves may dry, turn brown, and become brittle. How to treat sun scorched plants? Look for damage to trees and shrubs on the upper portion on the sunny, southern side and on the windy side. Premature dropping of leaves and twig dieback may occur during the late summer. Symptoms usually appear after drying winds in conjunction with periods of hot, dry weather. Leaf scorch on narrow leaf evergreens appears as brown or purple brown discoloration of the needle tips. If unfavorable conditions become more severe, browning of needles increases. This should not be confused with the browning and shedding of older interior needles. Scorch may result from hot, dry weather in summer or from strong, dry winter winds when the ground is frozen. Symptoms may not become apparent for a month or more after the initial injury. Winter leaf scorch in evergreen plants usually appears as two long, brown areas paralleling the main leaf vein.