Plant looked normal until early spring in AL. Right side of the plant produced white flowers, left half- NOT ONE blossom. Now at end of May, the area where there should have been blossoms and leaves on a stem, there is a bare stem of about 5", and new, healthy looking leaves toward the end of stems, also about 5" long.
Without a photo of your recurve ligustrum, my best guess is mealybugs or another type of scale. Here is how to combat those:
There is discoloration of the leaves, and leaves are falling off. Is it a fungus? Photo's are attached.. Thanks !
It does appear to be an infection. It will be difficult to say just from these photos, alone, but taking them to your local extension service will help. They can put it under the microscope and stain it to identify it. This will give you the best treatment customization, but many times a broad fungicide will help. Here are some articles that will help you:
Why are you promoting ligustrum a well known devastating invasive plant?
It is not invasive in all parts of the world. To be fair to gardeners from all over, we must include information for many species. Any plant has the potential to become invasive in the wrong place.
To answer your question simply: We must be fair to all gardeners seeking information, and it is the responsibility of each individual to ensure that what you plant is not destructive in the area.
We, also, have articles to deal with it, should it become invasive in your area:
The Ligustrum bush is dying. This is the fourth one. It continues to spread to the left and right and I don’t know how to stop whatever is killing the tree. I have treated with fungicide and nothing seems to help. any advice would be greatly appreciated.
If you have treated the area, and it is still not responding, then likely you will need to plant a species that is unrelated to the shrub. There are many illnesses that, once established, will never go away. Sometimes the only thing to do is plant something that is not susceptible to the disease.
Alternatively, if this was only 1 treatment, then this is likely the reason. Fungicides require constant treatment, according to the label, until the disease has been eradicated.
Another thing to consider will be how moist the soil stays in the area. Ligustrum would rather be positioned in a dry area than a wet one. If the soil stays wet, then you might consider something different in the area.
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We had a beautiful ligustrum bush approximately 8-9 feet high. Hired a “landscaper” who walked the bush severely in mid summer here in Central Fl. Not only did we experience severe Leaf dropping which has slowed down considerably but the bush developed a brown bud of sorts all over as pics show. Is this new growth which is slow to develop or a serious problem? We don’t want to loose this privacy If possible. All dead leaves cleared from base,
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage.
They can come back from considerable stress, so maintaining proper care can help them to return.
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I planted these last summer and kept them watered regularly. With the construction around the house our sprinkler system has not worked for a while - so hand watering was all I had. A picture is attached. Will they come back.
It has deviated from the traditional yellow, but I suspect it is from drying winter winds or from winter sun scorch. I looked up your weather averages and it doesn't look like it gets very cold. Till spring rains arrive, water your shrubs at least once a month or before any extreme weather.
It does grow in your zone 8a so the shrub should be able to withstand your climatic variations. You can check to see if it is still alive by snapping off the end of twig. If it is supple and green inside, it is still alive. You can also scratch off some bark on a larger branch to look for green.
Planting right in the lawn subjects it to competition for water and nutrients, so in the spring, you might consider removing the grass right under it and replacing it with mulch. Wait till spring for further evaluation. Mine looked like yours last winter, but in the spring, it dropped the leaves and new leaves emerged.
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ll the grow back? I live in zone 7b. They had spots on them when I bought them but nursery guy said it was just water spots. The plants now have 85% spots on the leaves.
It could be bacterial or fungal leaf spots. You wouldn't want to remove that many leaves because it will disrupt the photosynthesis. A privet hedge can be cut back for rejuvenation, though. Since this is a large-scale problem, I suggest taking a sample to your local extension office for correct determination of the disease so you can learn the best treatment.