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Asked by
dollym67 on
May 19, 2015
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Q. Will picking flowers off arbutus plant kill it

Would like to know if picking arbutus flowers killed the arbutus plants years ago.

Answered by
shelley on
May 19, 2015
Certified Expert
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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.

For more information on the mayflower trailing arbutus, please visit the following link:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/trailing-arbutus/mayflower-trailing-arbutus.htm

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Asked by
Helene Lepage on
April 10, 2019
Quadra island, B.C.
Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 13, 2019
Certified Expert
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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!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2019

Q. Arbutus Unedo

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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 12, 2019
Certified Expert
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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.

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