Shrubs

Hawthorn – Leaf Spot

Q: We have Indian hawthorn shrubs across the front of our house. They all look like this. I drove around the neighborhood and most of the other hawthorns look the same. Can we save them or must they be replaced?...

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Best Time To Cut Back Wax Myrtles?

Q: When is the best time to cut back wax myrtles? Some branches were broken in the snow storm we recently had. When cutting the broken branches is it ok to limb them up and cut them down, top them,...

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When To Move My Loropetalum Shrubs?

Q: We have eight loropetalum shrubs in front of our house. We want to move them to another spot. Is now a bad time to do it, even when it’s cold?  A: Loropetalum is reasonably tolerant of moving as long...

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Beautyberry Bushes – How Much Can I Prune Them?

Q: My beautyberry bushes are twelve feet high and haven’t been pruned in years. How far back can I prune them?  A: Good news: beautyberry blooms on new wood, so you can prune in winter. The eye-catching berries seen in...

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Foster Holly – If I leave a 4′ Stump Will It Sprout Again?

Q: Last month’s snow bent my 25’ tall Foster holly about 90 degrees and I think I will have to cut it. I can leave a 4’ stump, will it sprout from that stump?  A: Foster holly, along with most...

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Why Is My Ninebark Shrub Struggling

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice?  A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Where Did My Holly Berries Go?

Q: Where did my holly berries go? It was loaded and now it is bare!  A: My bet is that a flock of birds visited when you weren’t around. I’ve seen several robins at my birdbath recently. Robins, woodpeckers, and...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

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Don’t Replace Damaged Burford Holly

Q: My six Burford hollies are toast. There were two groups on each side of the yard with 3 trees in each group, planted around 1976. I would like to keep an evergreen there for privacy. Do you have any...

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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper...

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Can I Fertilize Newly Planted Trees And Shrubs In Late December?

Q: I’ll be out of town January thru April next year. Can I fertilize my newly planted trees and shrubs in late December?  A: Some fertilizers, like 10-10-10, are dissolved into the soil with the first rain. That’s obviously not...

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Ninebark – Growing in Georgia

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice? A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Edgeworthia (Paperbush) – Root Rot

Q: I have five edgeworthia plants. The one that has been most beautiful suddenly began to show wilt and appears to be dying. It gets morning sun and is in shade in the afternoon. Can you tell me what is...

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Can I Prune Loropetalum Bushes Severely?

Q: May we prune our two huge loropetalum bushes severely? They are enormous and I’m ready to have them be short and low to ground.  A: Different loropetalum varieties vary widely in size, from eighteen inches tall to fifteen feet...

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Holly Shrubs – Produce Different Leaves

Q: I have a row of holly bushes along my front porch. There are two different types of leaves on these bushes. Most are the smaller one you see in my photo. The larger grows faster but I prefer the...

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Crimson Fire Loropetulum Shrubs – Freeze Damage

Q: I had some gorgeous Crimson Fire loropetulum shrubs but they got hit by the freeze. Most of the leaves and flowers turned crispy. Some shrubs rebounded like crazy after about three weeks but on some the outer branches are...

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Burned Shrubs And Trees – Cut Them Back Or Wait Till Spring

Q: I am not sure about what to do about the burned shrubs and trees around my house. Should I cut them back now or wait to see what they do in the spring? A: I recently passed by a...

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Sweet Olive Shrubs – Best Time To Prune

Q: When is the best time to prune sweet olive shrubs? Mine are six feet tall and bloom in spring and fall. A: I’d do it after the spring flowering period. Tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, blooms on twigs that grew...

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