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Virburnum x Bodnantense 'Dawn'

I purchased this shrub 3/4 months ago from Wyevale. It started to grow really well until a week or so ago and now looks like this. It's had plenty of water and a good mulch since planting and the other 4 shrubs I planted at the same time all look great and growing well. I've dug a little around the shrub and the soil is still moist.

I had a close look today and it seems most stems has this splitting on them. Never seen this before and not sure what has happened.


  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    edited June 2018
    Can't help with the plant problem but Wyvale guarantee their plants so get in touch with them with this information 
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Just another thought what do you mulch with? If too close to the stems can affect a plant. I killed off a spindle tree with not very well rotted compost I assume it just burnt the roots.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,568
    I agree, that doesn't look good.  Contact Wyevale's Customer Service with the photos.  
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  • gavpregavpre Posts: 33
    I used multi purpose compost. I mulched around the planting hole so no compost is near the shrub stem. Whatever is happening it definitely looks like it's dying a slow death.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337
    The stems look cankered so it might be Botryosphaeria canker.  As above, contact supplier for a replacement/refund.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172
    My first thought was that it is desperate for water. Newly planted shrubs need at least a bucket a week, and more often in this heatwave.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • gavpregavpre Posts: 33
    That was my first thought when I noticed this a couple weeks ago. I don't think it is drought though because I've given it lots of water and it hasn't responded at all, just got worse.
    The splits in the stems is what I think is causing the wilted appearance. Just not sure what it is.
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