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Q.my burning bush looks dead

Zone 60123 | Anonymous added on July 9, 2018 | Answered

my burning bush was fine last year, with one dead branch, this year almost the entire tree did not bloom, with just a small amount at the top of one part, what could be the cause, I live just northwest of Chicago Illinois

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Answered on July 10, 2018

Several diseases can affect burning bush plants, including cankers, fungal spots and powdery mildew. One of the most serious is coral spot nectria canker, a fungal disease that can causes discoloration and growths on bark, cambium and sapwood and can cause dieback and eventual death of the plant. Since weather stresses are often a cause, avoid pruning burning bush shrubs in drought or summer months. Serious pest infestations include winged euonymus scales and the spider mite. A horticultural oil, insecticidal soap or insecticide may be required during severe outbreaks.

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