I am curious as to what I may have done to have all the leaves of my Aucuba plant to fall. It once was very full and hardy, but now it looks like a closed umbrella. Is there a way to reverse this?
Either you are having a harsh winter, there is stress (most likely drought) on the plant, or you have an infestation of the little sneaky scale insect (common on Acuba.
I have one that is about 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall and maybe 4 ft wide. It is really full and lush, but I was thinking about making a small tree out if it. . . . is this a good idea? Can I remove the lower branches without ruining the shape up top? I'm in Roy, Washington.
Depending on the variety of your plant, it may get as tall as 15', or stay closer to 5'. If your acuba is planted in the landscape, you might want to pursue making a tree with a container acuba. It’s always interesting what plants can do when ‘invited’ to grow in a different form.
Experienced a harsh winter with a lot of snow and ice.
Aucuba is not reliably hardy in your zone, and the stress of a harsh winter can lead to many diseases. This article will tell you more: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/Ornamental/od21aucuba/od21aucuba.htm
I have a problem with my 2 Aucuba plants. They are in the same large pot. One is thriving and the other's leaves are drooping. The pot is under the front porch roof. It gets sun in late afternoon for a short time. Could it be an air pocket?
Check your watering and make sure your watering the pot evenly.
Tamp down the soil if you think it could be air pockets.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
We want to transplant one of these shrubs to a location in the garden where it can serve as a screen to our neighbor's back door. It is currently in a confined space next to an evergreen tree so it has some height, about 5 ft but is only about 2 ft wide. When is the best time to transplant this shrub and what did we need to do to ensure it adapts and takes in its new space - fertilize? Trim? New soil? Compost?
I would recommend transplanting in the fall. Dig as large of a root ball as you are able to handle.
Make sure you dig the new hole twice as large as the root ball and keep the plant at the same level as it was previously.
Water daily for at least two weeks, then you can cut back.
Here is a link with more information.
Could you help me identify this plant? Thanks!
Your plant is a Aucuba.
Here is a link with more information on this plant.
My Aucuba tree that I have had for many years, now all the leaves on the branches are turning brown from the top. it looks like it is dying but have no idea what to do. Thanks for your help - Louise sorry unable to show photo at this time
This could be a watering issue, pests or disease.
This link will help you pinpoint the issue.