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Can Aucuba Shrubs be salvaged after too much sun?

Zone Staten Island, New York | Donna Tait added on July 7, 2018 | Answered

We hired a landscaper to help us plan and plant a perimeter garden for our large yard. For the first phase , we only wanted to plant the sunny side to help hide a neighbor\'s fence. Unfortunately, you trust that a professional who claims to have taken horticulture classes at the college level and charges accordingly, would know the difference between plantings requiring sun and those requiring shade. The Aucubas he planted along the sunny side of the fence had leaves that turned black as a result of needing a shaded location. I managed to salvage some and so far they seem to be doing well in their new shady spot. However, I have about six that are now bare after removing the black leaves. I have cut away the black stems and now have what looks like green, healthy stems with no leaves. They are also in the shade and being cared for as the others. Should I continue or are they unfortunately ready for the garbage?

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drtreelove
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Answered on July 7, 2018

As long as there are green healthy appearing stems there is hope that they will re-foliate. Keep up with appropriate care for a month, keep them watered but don't fertilize until they show new full size leaves. And maybe talk to them about your hopes for a long term relationship.

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