Q: My loropetalum has several dying limbs. I had assumed that it had simply been stung by cold weather. However it appears I have some type of critter munching on its bark. Is there treatment or should I just start all over again? What did this?
A: At first I was certain that this was crown gall, Agribacterium tumiefacens, a bacterial disease that affects oaks trees and several other plants.
Jim Jacobi, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist at Auburn University says: