Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon' No Leaves/Dead?

runningcutigerAugust 18, 2013

Any idea what happened to my Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon'? The leaves turned brown and shriveled up over time. There are now no leaves on the plant. Is it dead? The one beside it is starting to do the same. They are over 10 years old and have been fine until the last year. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Appears to me to be increasingly too much shade from surroundings over the years.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 9:52AM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

More likely something adverse in the rooting environment, like water molds, honey fungus or - perhaps even nematodes are possible, I don't know (not a big factor in my area).

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 2:23AM
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To answer the "is it dead?" question (which seems to have been skirted around) - yes, it is. PIttosporum is an evergreen shrub and when an evergreen shrub loses all its leaves, it's a pretty good bet the plant is dead.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 2:31PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Except when what happened is most of the top froze off in a cold spell and the type of shrub is one that can grow back from the crown.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 4:37PM
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