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Anonymous on
April 2, 2011

Q. Loropetalum

I bought a Loropetalum ‘Black Pearl’ last year, which I placed in a large planter and fed and watered it well. It looked beautiful! This last couple of months, however,  all the leaves have turned brown and lots have fallen off. It has no new growth. I snapped off one of the smaller branches and it was a pink colored in the middle. Is my tree dead?

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Nikki on
April 3, 2011
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Anonymous on
May 17, 2011

Q. Best Fertilizer for Evergreen Shrubs

What is the BEST fertilizer to use on the following evergreen shrubs and trees (We’re in SANDY soil in Blythewood, SC)?

Shrubs: lorapetalum, privets, abelias, knock out roses.
Trees: crepe myrtle, loquats and magnolia

I’ve used osmocote slow release but don’t see much improvement.  Is Black Cow Compost better or worse than Mushroom Compost?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

For shrubs and trees that are grown for foliage, use a nitrogen rich fertilizer. For shrubs and trees that are grown for flowers, use a phosphorus heavy fertilizer.

It will depend on a lot of things. Mushroom compost is actually cow manure compost, just that it was used to grow mushrooms in. Which is better will depend on the mix that was packaged by the packagers. Look on the bags for the nitrogen amount or the N-P-K. Whichever has the higher numbers is the better one.

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Anonymous on
May 5, 2014

Q. Where Should I Plant a Fringe Tree

Where should I plant a fringe tree?

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Nikki on
November 30, -0001
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Anonymous on
June 9, 2015

Q. Loropetalum bush turning green

Why is my Loropetalum bush turning green? I notice my neighbor’s 2 houses down is doing the same thing. HELP. I really like the dark purple leaves.

Answered by
Heather on
June 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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Some of that turning of foliage is a natural response to the arrival of new growth. A plant will often do this as it prepares to discard the older set of leaves. Other causes are drought or soggy soil, both of which result in root injury followed by yellowing and dropping of older leaves. Fertilizer burn can also damage roots. Finally, as new foliage covers the older growth, it excludes the light to those leaves. In response they can lose their deep purple or burgundy color and in time even turn yellow and drop.

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Asked by
jane.gilstrap on
June 12, 2015

Q. what kind of disease on my lorepetulum?

Two of my well established Chinese fringe shrubs seem to have a disease.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 12, 2015
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A.

I'm not sure of the symptoms of your shrubs.
They may suffer from Powdery Mildew in moist growing conditions or Scale insects or Spider Mites.
A fungicide for Powdery Mildew treatment and a insecticidal soap if you see Scale or Spider Mites is a good plan of attack.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/loropetalum/loropetalum-shrubs.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 15, 2015

Q. why is my loropetalum turning green

My loropetalum is turning green and so is my neighbors, why? Please help, as we love the burgundy color.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 15, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Several things can cause this, including drought, soggy soil, or fertilizer root burn. However, in many cases it is normal for these plants to turn green as they mature.

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