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can I save viburnums?

Posted by mandoliv 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 23, 10 at 12:43

One of my viburnums never woke up this spring, and part of another one look dead as well. After doing some searching, it appears as if there are borers. I think the one is completely was looking bad last summer, but I assumed it was just the hot weather and lack of rain in illinois. Is there any way I can save the one that is just starting to go? I'll have to cut down the dead one, but should I just cut down the other one too? I have 3 others that look good, lots of flowers and healthy leaves, no signs of borers that I can see. I there something I can put on the healthy ones to protect them?

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RE: can I save viburnums?

I have this same problem--can't recall which type of viburnum but I beleive it was a fragrant one that made the "snowballs". I cut the dead portion out of one so it is much sparser at the moment. The other is a dead shrub at this point. For my part I will wait and see.
Mine could have been vole damage, mowing damage or some other insect. One had a compromised area at the base. I can't see what the issue is with the other. I did buy these as late season rescues from hot pots on asphalt a few years ago. Possible a root girdled the others. Dunno.

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