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Q.newly planted Japanese Barberry Shrubs fading and leaves drying up

Zone Zone 7b/8 in Texas | deej added on May 7, 2014 | Answered

Why are my newly planted Japanese Barberry shrubs fading and the bronze leaves drying up? I live in north Texas. It was 90 for two days and humid. They are planted in a well drained bed in part shade and full sun. Could the plants have a disease? Or a bug eating the leaves? I have not seen any. Please tell me how to care for them. I love these plants.

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Answered on May 7, 2014

It sounds as though the plants are drying up. This is a good article with general information on planting bushes: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/planting-a-tree/
If you think this might be the problem, you can dig up the bushes to rework the roots, then try to replant them.
If none of this sounds applicable, it is possible that you were sold diseased plants, and you should dig them up and return them to the seller. You should get new plants, or a refund. In case of disease, don't put new plants in exactly the same spots.
You can also take samples of the dying leaves to an Extension Service for analysis. This link will help you locate one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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