Need Help Identifying Plant

UploadJuly 13, 2014

Hi All - Does anyone know what kind of plant this is?

Also, any ideas regarding the dead leafs - even the green ones seem to be a very light color, and little to no visible new growth.

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Looks like a lime hating Azalea.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 8:39PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Azaleas prefer acidic soil.

Upload, did you lime the garden recently? Mulching with shredded hardwood also drives the pH up. See the soil info here:
http://azaleas.org/index.pl/azculture.html

Some links about acidifying soil:
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tips/msg0308504123952.html
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/raise-acid-level-soil.htm

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:47PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Has it been chronically overwatered?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:51PM
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Upload

I don't think the bed was ever treated with anything other than the mulch that was put down back in April.

Does anyone know if the light-colored leafs is generally a symptom of soil with high pH?

Also, these plants are right next to a sprinkler head that runs every day for about 15 minutes - I would say it's a lot of water, but enough to get the surface wet... since these are in direct sunlight for about 50% of the daytime, I'm really wondering if maybe they are getting under watered...

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:47PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Quoting from the first link:

You may see localized nutrient deficiencies in particular plants. The most common problem by far is chlorosis, seen as a yellowing between the veins of the leaves while the veins remain green. It is caused by a lack of available iron due to a variety of reasons, including compacted soil, too much water, too much fertilizer, or soil acidity outside of the range needed by azaleas (pH between a low of 4.5 and a high of 6.0, where 7.0 is neutral)....

A calcium excess or deficiency appears the same as iron chlorosis to begin with, followed by leaf tip burn and twisted leaf tips.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:34PM
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Carrie B

Fifteen minutes every day isn't ideal for just about any plants. Better to change that to an hour every 3 or four days. Watering a little, often, dust dampens the soil surface and doesn't get to the roots of most plants - except for some shallow-rooted annuals. It creates week roots, and week plants.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:34AM
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