Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
I have 2 red tipped photinas in my front yard against the house (south facing). They were great for the first 3 years, but now, for the last 2 winters the leaves have dried out and dropped in the spring. I thought it was a lack of water over the winter, so I tried to help out, but that didnt help. Should I prune them back in the fall or is there anything I can do to help them so this doesn't happen next winter?
Rate This FAQ
Many things can cause the symptoms you describe. I'm not sure where in Utah you live, but red-tipped photinias, with a cold hardiness rating of zone 6, are only marginally cold-hardy along the Wasatch Front. (Salt Lake is zone 5 -- annual minimum temperatures lower than zone 6). Our last two winters were colder than normal, so the low temperatures may have damaged the broadleaf evergreen leaves of your plants.
Red-tip photinias are also susceptible to a number of diseases, including leaf spot and fireblight. You should take samples of leaves with and without symptoms to your local county Extension office where they may be able to help diagnose your problem, or they may instruct you how to send your samples to the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab on the campus of Utah State University.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- Your answer about watering wasn't specific enough for me. My tomatoes have always cracked and it wasn't until last year that I got the vague answer about uneven watering. Now I'm beginning to think that my gallon a day watering of my one little plant was too much. I also have a drip system that waters three times a week just under the soil at the base of the plant. Should I stop being a helicopter mom and leave it just to the drip system? My plant is a foot high, been in the ground with lots of organic material and has a few small tomatoes. Please tell me how much and how often to water.
- I put in my entire yard in Fruit Heights in late July. I noticed my maple trees are losing leaves, and showing signs of distress. I put sod up to the tree trunks, but I'm wondering if I should cut the sod back, and put mulch in so the tree roots can breath. Good idea? I cut back on the watering as well, which could have been a problem for drainage. Any help?
- I would like to prune my lilac bush. What is the best time of year to do so and how much can be cut back and not harm the bush?
- The leaves on our maple tree get little spikes on the top of it and then dry up and fall off. Can you tell me the problem and how we may solve it?
- Many of my potatoes this year have splits in them, but then the skins have grown over the splits, leaving a very uneven skin. Is there something I have done wrong? We have watered about every 4-5 days.
- Two years ago I moved into a house that has a large apricot tree in the backyard. Last year was our first apricot harvest. The apricots got large a ripe, and looked great. But when I picked one and tasted it, is was VERY mushy and bland. Upon further investigation, all the fruit was this way. Does this mean that the tree is too old or maybe just a bad tree? I don't want to deal with the hassle of a fruit tree if I can't use the fruit.
- We just planted a maple tree in our back yard and noticed today that almost every single leaf has large circular spots that appear to have been "eaten" out of the sides of the leaves. I've read about a tar disease, but I don't really see the tar on the leaves. What could it be and is there something we should do about it?
- I would like to dig up my geraniums and overwinter them. What is the best way to overwinter them?