Why did the berries fall of my winterberry?
I have an ilex verticillata "Sparkleberry" which seems very healthy except that its berries fall off before maturing. I have a pollinator for it (southern gentleman, I think), it blooms, and berries form. But then sometime in August the small green berries disappear. I do not see them on the ground, so maybe something ate them? (The grasshoppers are really bad this year).
This happened last year, I am thought maybe drought was to blame, so I gave it extra water during our dry July.
It's very disappointing. Thanks for any ideas.