Would like to know if picking arbutus flowers killed the arbutus plants years ago.
My research indicates that this is very possible if the flowers were improperly picked. Given that the stems of the arbutus plant are tough, it is very easy to dislodge the plant by its roots and many arbutus plants have perished at the hands of flower pickers.
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Grow this shrub in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10.
Like other ericaceous plants, this tree does best in acidic soil. It can also tolerate a neutral pH. You can make your soil more acidic to some degree as needed.
I would start with a soil test and ph test to check your soil nutrients.
Then you can make adjustments to help you achieve those fruit!
Hi Gardening Know How. I have an Arbutus Unedo in my front garden, it is well over 5feet tall, well established tree front garden. I have included some leaf pictures. I was wondering, is it possible you know what could be wrong? Please, any guidance would be appreciated
It appears to be a leaf fungus disease, anthracnose, or fungus-like pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum or other.
Severity will be related to how much of the foliage is affected and if it is causing branch dieback or not.
If it is affecting a small percentage of the foliage, or if it just on the older leaves, underside shaded leaves, then it may natural senescence and not of grave concern.
I repotted with all-purpose soil which is lighter than the moisture control soil I use for geraniums etc. I put a few bark chips I had on the top. Looks like it is going to turn all brown. Help! as this was a gift from my son. I am sending a "before" picture which I took after repotting it on Saturday May 04, 2019 and the "after" picture today, just 3 days later on Tuesday, May 7th! Can you offer me any help? Thanks.
It may be the soil. It requires moist, acidic soil in part to full shade. Similar to a woodland garden. See more below: