Red Tip Photinias

Redtip Photinia

Anonymous added on October 12, 2011 | Answered

I have large redtip photinias that are losing their leaves and dying. There is something on the ground around the trunks that resembles red sawdust. We have a number of these plants (10) and the others are doing well. The plants are trimmed and I could not find signs of the fungus on the leaves. What could this be? There looks to be some small bore holes along the trunk. Any suggestions?

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Answered on October 13, 2011

It sounds like it has a borer of some kind. Flathead borers are the most common on this plant. This article will help:

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