Q.suffering 21 yr. old daphne
What would cause my thriving 21 yr old Daphne to suddenly lose leaves. So far it seems to be only partially but I had a similar instance with one (approx. 8-10 yrs old) that lost leaves slowly until it was completely “bald” and died several months later. Never could figure out what happened.
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Apparently it is unusual for a daphne to live as long as yours has! Here's a quote from our expert:
"Another potential problem with daphne is that it is known to die suddenly and seemingly without cause. Because of this tendency, you should think of it as a temporary plant. Place the shrub in areas where you can easily remove and replace it as it becomes necessary."
Here's a link for the article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/winter-daphne/daphne-plant-types.htm