Dead Hopseed Bushes
I live in Sunset Zone 23 of Southern CA. I had several thriving Purple Hopseed bushes in the backyard--all about 8 years old. 4 of them have died since I had a renter move in--he (unbeknownst to me) pruned them all up like a tree. Did this kind of pruning make the bushes die, since this is not their natual growth habit?? I don't know what else to think. I'm quite certain he was not over watering. I have had problem with scale in the past, but don't see evidence of that or any other disease. Just dried up and dead.