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Escallonia bald!!

I had these delivered last month both with leaves on and left them outside in a sheltered spot. One of them has no leaves on it now. Could something have eaten them! It's totally stripped!


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    That's weird, why one and not the other?  It could be slugs or snails but they don't usually go for evergreen leaves, too tough for them. Rabbits?  Presumably you've now moved the one with leaves out of harm's way?
  • lovegardening77lovegardening77 Berkshire Posts: 331
    Yes it's very weird. We don't get rabbits in our garden as urban. I've put it in the cold frame, not sure what to do with it.
  • Escallonia leaf spot is a fungal disease that causes leaf drop. Keep on eye on the other one.  
  • lovegardening77lovegardening77 Berkshire Posts: 331
    Ok, is that something I might have caused?
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    Is there a possibility it was a caterpillar?
    They can strip plants like that, a couple of weeks ago I found a caterpillar quite a big one, I forgot what type it was, a moth one i think. I was surprised to see it, but it has been very mild winter here so far.

    I would tip both out of the pot and check the soil and roots, also the area where they were stood, you might find something.

    Slugs or snails would leave a bit of a trail you would see I think.
    Sorry for your little plant hopefully it should grow new leaves.

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