Shrubs

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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Ligustrum/Lorepetalum Hedge-Time to Trim

Q: I have a ligustrum/lorepetalum hedge that is twenty feet tall; it has gotten unmanageable. I would like to take it down to ten feet. Can this be accomplished at this time of year without killing them? A: It won’t...

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Boxwood – Alternative Shrubs

Boxwood blight has had devastating effects on several metro Atlanta landscapes. If yours has suffered, there are alternative shrubs to consider for replacement. Thinking Outside the...

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Holly – Yellow All Over

Q: My hollies have been in the same spot of twenty years and all of a sudden two of them are turning yellow. What should I look for? A: When plants are unhealthy top to bottom and growing beside a...

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Holly Plant Allergy

Q: Do hollies cause skin irritation? My wife and I trimmed our hedge and afterwards our skin stung a little. Days later we developed welts and blisters on our arms that lasted for days. A: Hollies are not notorious for...

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Shrub Pruning

Q: How do you prune shrubs correctly that have been pruned into green meatballs? I would love for them to look more natural. A: You can do it one of two ways: the first way is to simply leave the...

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Yaupon Holly – Pruning a Tall One

Q: These hollies have gotten much taller than the house and look messy. I’d like to cut the trunks much lower. If I do that will the tops eventually grow back, only lower? That way I could keep them trimmed...

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Pieris – Bumps on Stem

Q: Can you help me identify what these funny bumps are on my Southern Lady pieris? A: I think these are just dormant buds. The only evidence I could find were these fascinating microscopic photos of pieris. see A Close-up...

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Camellia – Three Colors on Same Bush

Q: I would like to buy a camellia that looks like this one I found online. A: My camellia guru Mark Crawford, owner of Loch Laurel Camellia Nursery in Valdosta says: “This could only be done by grafting to 3...

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Shrub – Rejuvenate

Q: I have a gardenia that is forty years old. The past two or so years it has been putting out small leaves and losing branches and only producing a few flowers. Do you have any advice for me? A:...

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Holly – Notches in Leaves (Black Vine Weevil)

Q:Can you tell me what has been eating the leaves on my holly hedge? It doesn’t look like leafcutter bees. A: I teach Master Gardeners that pest diagnosis is all about patterns. You’re right that the pattern doesn’t look like...

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Hollies – No Berries

Q: All the hollies I see have no berries this year. What event occurred to cause this phenomenon? A: I went out back and spoke to my holly friends Nellie, Savannah, Foster, and Burford. They all reported copious berries this...

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Hawthorn – Still Viable?

Q: For sentimental reasons, a dear friend of mine doesn’t want to part with an old Indian hawthorn. Because there are still a handful of green leaves scattered on top, he is encouraged that it can be saved. Any advice?...

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Hawthorn – Cold Weather

Q: I lost four Indian hawthorns last year to cold weather. I liked them and would like to replace. Any advice? A: Different varieties of Indian hawthorn seem to have different reactions to cold and different susceptibility to leaf spot....

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Nandina – Berry Color

Q: I transplanted several runners from a white berried nandina to a different part of my yard. Now that they are maturing, they’re displaying red berries, not white. Can you think of any possible explanation? A: The white (or yellow)-berried...

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Shrubs – Planting In Winter

Q: I do landscape work and I understand that planting perennials in the fall is best due to soil temperatures and water requirements. What are your thoughts about planting shrubs in winter? It seems to me that as long as...

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Leucothoe Leaf Gall (Exobasidium)

Q: I live in Rabun County and I have this weird fungus on my leucothoe. Is it exobasidium leaf gall? A: You get the diagnostic prize: it’s Exobasidium vaccinnii! There are several members of this fungal clan. They cause leaf...

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