Problems with Evodia daniellii
Good morning, I wonder if you can help me please. I bought and planted a young Evodia Danielle, about 1.2m tall & with no leaves at the time, in March/ April. It has done very well so far with 8-10 new leaves which have looked very healthy until the last week or so. The new leaves and small branches have now wilted/drooped, the leaves are curling upwards and turning slightly brown. I live in Le Marche Italy - we have had a lot of rain since April, our soil is clay. Could the tree have been over watered/waterlogged ? The ground now is drying out nicely but the tree does not look very healthy at all. Do you have any thoughts or advice please ? Thank you for your help,
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This shrub prefers well drained soil, so these issues following heavy rains and clay soil are the likely reason for the symptoms you describe.
If the problem is minor, mix compost into the top 8 to 10 inches of soil to add a surge of nutrients.
Add earthworms! Worms eat through compacted soil, helping restore a healthy flow of air and water.
If the problem seems more serious (and you may need an arborist to confirm that), try aerating. By drilling holes into the soil, you break up those compressed particles and provide more air. So, your tree will be able to breathe easier and have better access to nutrients.
Avoid drilling through roots.