Shrubs

Blue potato bush – Growing

Q: I have a blue potato bush, I believe the scientific name is Lycianthes rantonnei. How do I grow this? A: Having the scientific name makes it easy. Unfortunately, your plant is not hardy outdoors here. You might be able...

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Oakleaf Holly – Dropping Leaves

Q: I have two oakleaf hollyies that I planted in a container about 6 months ago. This spring after the new growth appeared, the edges of the new and some of the old leaves appeared burned and began dropping. I...

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Euonymus scale – Control

Q: 1. My variegated euonymus has lots of little white dots under the leaves and it doesn’t look very healthy. Can you diagnose? Q: 2.  I have a row of golden euonymus shrubs that have developed scale on the leaves...

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Shrubs – Stuffed into Container

Q: I recently purchased azaleas in 3 gallon containers only to discover at planting that the container had 2 one gallon plants replanted into a 3 gallon container. The nursery owner was not receptive to my questioning this and stated...

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Ceanothus – Growing Information

Q: I would like to grow ceanothus and wonder whether you have had any experience with it. A: Horticulturist Mike Dirr says his camera almost imploded when he saw a sky-blue ceanothus in Edinburgh. There are dozens of other ceanothus...

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Mahonia – Identification

Q: We found a couple of these growing under the pines on our property. Any idea what it might be or how it could have gotten there? One is about five feet tall. A: When I was ten I found...

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Fothergilla – Gall on Leaves

Q: I have about a dozen fothergilla bushes. I just noticed that one of them has strange cone-like shapes growing out of the leaves! None of the others have anything like this. What in the world is this? A: Fothergilla...

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Rose Mosaic Virus

Q: Last year I purchased a climbing ‘Constance Spry’ rose which really grew quite large, over 15 feet, in one season. This year I have noticed that many of the leaves have yellow speckling and the very, very few flowers...

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Boxwood – Problems

Q: I have one Japanese boxwood out of six that has had sections die off. I trim out the dead parts hoping they will fill in. The rest of the bush looks healthy and I have seen no signs of...

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Sweetshrub – Identification

Q: There is a wooded area behind our house which has an apparently native blooming shrub. It has odd-looking red blossoms. It also seems to spread easily and I’m wondering how to get it under control. A: Your plant is...

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Holly – Pruning

Q: We have 4 holly bushes. They have gotten out of hand and look more like trees and cover the windows. Please tell me the proper way to prune A: Theresa Schrum replies: “There really is no wrong way to...

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Holly – Removing

Q: I recently purchased a home with several large overgrown holly bushes along the walkway. I would like to remove them and replace with something less hazardous to one’s body when walking by. Recently I pruned the largest one back...

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Aucuba – Identifying Seed

Q: Last year I bought a bunch of aucuba plants. In with them was a plant a lot like the rest but with a different leaf. The leaf is seven inches long and two inches wide and is a dark...

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Forsythia – Crown Gall

Q: As I inspected my forsythia recently, I saw several odd-looking knots on stems that had few flowers. Can you tell me what this is? A: Crown gall is caused by a bacteria. It induces the host plant to produce...

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Rose Bush – Butterfly/China Rose

Q: Last year Theresa mentioned a rose bush call “China Rose” as a nice bush rose. It is suppose to bloom all summer and change colors. I have not been able to find this rose. Is there another name for...

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Weigela – Blooming times

Q: We have Weigela and they blossom in the spring; but don’t continue into the fall as promised. They are supposed to attract humingbirds. A: Hmmmm…..who did the promising? In my experience, weigela blooms only once…in...

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Boxwood – ForTopiaries

Q: My boyfriend & I are planning on buying some shrubs to plant in urns for the front door. We were looking into buying boxwood because we wanted to shape them into topiaries. A: ‘Green Mountain’ boxwood makes a nice...

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Mediterranean Heather – Care

Q: I’ve been growing three Mediterranean heather bushes since the tornado in 1998. They have outgrown their space so I need to know about moving and caring for them. A: Two plants are called Mediterranean heather: Erica carnea , which...

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