Eunonymus Gold Spot - what's eating it?

wynswrld98(z7 WA)March 8, 2014

Some of my Eunonymus Gold Spot are being eaten by something, others not eaten in same general area, I'm not experienced in these shrubs, am curious what may be eating them and how to stop it. I do have deer and rabbits sometimes, not sure if these are prone to being eaten by them.


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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Deer will eat them here, I don't have but an occasional rabbit and rarely damage from one. I have good results with Bobbex deer repellent, but about the same time I decide something is unappealing to deer and don't treat, the deer decide to sample.

The jagged small notches in some of the leaves suggest you have some weevil damage too.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 12:07PM
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wynswrld98(z7 WA)

Thanks. The rabbits are really destructive to my Rudbeckia and Beautyberry for sure, I catch them eating them to the ground, very frustrating. I'm on an acre and with all of the rain expensive and time consuming to keep applying something to keep them away.

Some of the eaten plants are right at the street and I've never seen a deer there which made me wonder about rabbits. But maybe is a combination of deer and rabbits eating them?

I plan on treating for the weevils but I don't think that's what has stripped most of the leaves where they are completely gone.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 2:04PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i cant understand your pic ...

on the one hand.. it looks like a 6 inch.. quart sized plant ... a tiny little thing with one leaf bug bit ...

but your words make me think it used to be 3 foot by 3 foot.. and all that is left is what i think above..

how about a pic of the whole ... with a scale.. so we can understand the problem ...

NEVER treat anything.. in anticipation of a problem ... either find a weevil to kill.. but never treat for a problem you had last year ... plagues come and go year to year ... so you may not see a weevil this year at all.. and if you dont.. then proactive cure... is nothing more than pollution.. organic or chemical ...

never plan the use of a bug killer.. unless you actually see the bug.. in numbers sufficient to require the need for killer ... its called: integrated pest management ....


    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 5:56PM
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wynswrld98(z7 WA)

The plant is about 18" tall, what is missing are the leaves, not actual branches eaten off.

How in the world can I monitor all of my plants for weevils to see weevils feeding which I'm guessing is only particular times of year only certain time of night, etc.? Maybe if I had a TINY lot but I'm on an acre, not realistic at all.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 8:05PM
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Some of the damage is typical of vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus). Are active late in the evening and at night. Larvae of the vine weevil eat at the roots of the plants and can do a lot of damage.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 1:26AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Can't say for sure, but deer absolutely LOVE euonymus. I CAN say that!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 11:31AM
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