Re: Photinia murderer

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Posted by Mike G on December 13, 2002 at 12:25:44:

In Reply to: Photinia murderer posted by Barrb on December 05, 2002 at 16:16:34:

"This shrub is subject to entomosporium leaf spot, a fungus, which must be controlled or it will cause gradual thinning, defoliation, and death of the plant...Because this devastating disease has become so widespread, some garden centers are not selling photinia." (Floridata).

Does the leaves appear like the photograph shows?
Do the leaves appear to have any spots, holes, webbing or powdery mildew on them? Or, do the leaves "wilt" before they fall off?
How often are the plants watered/fertilized?
Are there any signs of physical damage to the trunk and stems of the plant?
Any insects or borers crawling around the plant or on it?

Entomosporium leaf spot is likely. I'll be able to help you but I need more info. But for a plant just looking limp or dying, that could mean a few things: root rot, insect damage, lack of water, too much water, salt damage, wounds, fungus, disease, etc.

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