Why Burning Bushes Die?
I live in Northern Utah and I am in zone 5. I am an avid gardener and I take very good care of my yard and water regularly. Eight years ago I planted 12 Dwarf Burning Bushes and in the last few years I have lost 7 of them. I have over 100 bushes in my yard and I have not had any die except for the Burning Bushes. Why are they dying? I have them planted all over my yard, so they are not in the same area. I think it is a water issue, but I can't figure out if it is too little or too much. I don't think it is bugs or disease. I do have clay soil and there are a lot of rocks under the soil in my area. My neighbors have experienced the same thing. Any help would be appreciated.
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I know that you do not think it is a pest or disease, but given that it happens only t the burning bushes, it is likely a euonymus specific disease or pest, such as euonymus scale. Can you please describe the pattern of the dieback on the plants? Do they suddenly wilt and die or is there damage to the leaves first before they die? If you can let us know that, we can better identify what it might be.