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Dying Shrub 
Apr. 26, 2011 4:57 pm 
Updated: May 3, 2011 3:24 pm

Its twin on the other side of the house is beautiful. We are trying to figure out what to do for this one.

I took more pictures to give you a better scale.

Below is the twin on the other side. It still looks good.

Apr. 26, 2011 5:01 pm
I am no expert but I would try cutting out all the dead part first and see whether it fills in and heals itself.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:02 pm
I would take this pic to a Nursery in your area. Were both planted at the same time?
Apr. 26, 2011 5:03 pm
Because it's on the corner of the house, I would make a dx that it is a dog marking his territory. Another thing that makes this happen is lack of sufficient acid in the soil. (That is a Rhododendrn, right?) Acid is readily available at your garden center. If it's a dog you can get repellant at the garden center, also.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:03 pm
Is it a nandina? I can't tell, but those sometimes will come back if you cut away the dead parts...we have two that are doing the same thing right now and the others are fine.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:03 pm
I would still try to save it. Can you cut it back hard, dig up around the base, and feed it? Sometimes you just have to let them go. They get to be like family sometimes! Crazy, huh!
Apr. 26, 2011 5:04 pm
Yes, they must have been put in by the builder in 92. I've put a photo on my nurseries facebook page. I'll try & stop by tomorrow. My printer is almost out of ink.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:06 pm
No, not a Nandina, I have those in front of it. I need to figure out what it is.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:07 pm
It's pretty large. I need to go add a pic of the whole area. It's not a place that the dogs get into. I'll be back with a pic. It's not a Rhodo.
Apr. 26, 2011 5:14 pm
I had a shrub do this last year, though not the same mind you, but I cut all the dead out,as many above suggest, and by fall it had actually filled in quite nicely. I'm seeing buds all over it this year (we've had such a cold wet spring we're so far behind) but I am really holding out hope that cutting it all out did the trick. Good luck, I think asking your nursery is the best advice though they may have something different to suggest. Good luck
Apr. 26, 2011 5:21 pm
Cut off a small living branch & take either to a decent nursery or your local state extension service to identify it. Show them the photos of it to see if they can diagnose what's going on & tell you what you need to do.
Apr. 26, 2011 6:21 pm
Does it or has it ever bloomed? It almost looks like an azalea to me. If that is the case, cut it back to whatever still looks healthy and it should come back.
Apr. 26, 2011 6:26 pm
I've no idea what that is, but my shamrock-holly on the left side of the house did that exact thing this year. The one on the right is fine, but my left-hand one is about 80% dead. I'd be curious to know what a nursery recommends, regardless of what species yours turns out to be. Best of luck!
Apr. 26, 2011 7:19 pm
In my opinion, I would cut out all of the dead parts, rake all of the leaves and debris from underneath the bush, fertilize, and re-mulch. This happened to a few of our shrubs the year before last and we did just that. They kind of look like ugly ducklings for a bit, but with some fresh mulch, you couldn't tell the difference. I would also trim the shrubs away from the foundation of your house a bit, as to leave them some breathing room. I think it should all be ok..Best of luck!
Apr. 27, 2011 3:29 am
Looks like an Indian Hawthorne to me. Have you pressure washed or used any cleaning solutions in this vicinity? I'd cut out the dead wood with sharp pruners and if you have time, take it and your photos to your county extension (agriculture) agent for some free advice.
Apr. 27, 2011 4:41 am
I can't identify the plant from the picture & they probably don't grow here but the neighbor gave me her 4 boxwoods that did the same thing. Their problem was "freezer" burn. They got too much summer sun. They had no winter protection so wind & cold killed places on them. My first thought was the same as Mr. Harvey's. If you can find a local Master Gardener group you might find someone growing the same thing for your area who has experienced the same thing. They are with the extension office too! Good luck!
Apr. 27, 2011 5:44 am
It looks a little like my viburnum but I am of no help. I have 5 loropetalum across the front window and 2 died while 3 are thriving. I think mine may have gotten too dry this winter because the sprinklers are out of whack and the 3 that made it get twice as much water even though they are more exposed to the elements. Please don't delete this blog, I'd like to know what you find out.
Apr. 27, 2011 1:07 pm
Thanks everyone! Lace, it is a Hawthorne. I talked to the guy at the nursery & he could tell from the way the grass was very sparse that a big tree must be nearby. The first thing he said is, "is there a big tree right here?" He was pointing at the pic. It's where an acorn tree has grown big.
Apr. 27, 2011 1:09 pm
So, it's not getting enough sun anymore. And, with the freak snow we had this winter, nursery guy said "it's been spanked." Which cracked me up, because he said it in all seriousness.
Apr. 27, 2011 1:10 pm
So, I'll cut off the dead, fertilize and clean up the bed, new mulch. And I guess after summer I'll try and cut back some of the trees that have grown up around it.
Apr. 27, 2011 1:10 pm
AND . . . again, a big thank you!
Apr. 27, 2011 1:32 pm
I think you've inspired me to ask my nursery guy too, since he sold me this bush last year. Thanks for the update, and good luck with your hawthorn!
Apr. 28, 2011 6:10 am
I have a box of miracle grow with acic. It tells about how concrete and mortar will add lime to the soil causing shrubs to turn brown. I noticed your house is brick. The acid will nuteralize the lime. But I agree with others, you may also want to take a branch to a nursery because I am no expert, just something I read.
Apr. 28, 2011 6:12 am
Sorry about the typo-- Miracle grow with acid. I just read the box.
Apr. 28, 2011 9:03 am
Thanks! The guy at the nursery recommended their special fertilizer. He mentioned that while miracle grow is good, it isn't formulated just to my area. It was reasonably priced so I purchased it. We will see if it performs well.
Apr. 28, 2011 3:22 pm
I have a similar bush called an Indian Hawthorne that has beautiful light blossoms in the spring, right after the azaleas.
Apr. 28, 2011 6:11 pm
Hey Connie, I was asking my husband last night if ours blooms, neither one of us remember it blooming. I'm hoping a bit of fertilizer & tlc will remedy that.
Apr. 29, 2011 5:17 am
Yes, Scotdog, it should bloom, either white or pale pink flowers. They are sometimes quite insignificant compared to other "flowering" shrubs. They are great plants, very hardy. Before freezing weather approaches, be sure to water your plants well so that they are not stressed when the freeze hits. You want them all pumped up and happy. Having been in the nursery/landscape biz, we used some weird terms that did sound humerous & some we made up as we went along, but I love "spanked". That's a great one. Thanks for sharing your diagnosis with us.
May 3, 2011 3:24 pm
Thanks so much for your help Lace. It would be my dream job to work at my hometown nursery. Maybe I'll ask them about volunteering. It's a really neat, family owned place!
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