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Q.I Planted 28 Ligustrums In A Row For Privacy 1 Year Ago. They Are All Infected With Brown Spots. If I Remove All The Leaves, Wi

Zone 27504 | Amlparrish added on February 11, 2022 | Answered

ll the grow back? I live in zone 7b. They had spots on them when I bought them but nursery guy said it was just water spots. The plants now have 85% spots on the leaves.

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Answered on February 13, 2022

It could be bacterial or fungal leaf spots. You wouldn't want to remove that many leaves because it will disrupt the photosynthesis. A privet hedge can be cut back for rejuvenation, though. Since this is a large-scale problem, I suggest taking a sample to your local extension office for correct determination of the disease so you can learn the best treatment.

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