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Diseased Shrub

Hi all. Does anyone have any idea why this shrub has suddenly deteriorated and looks like it’s dying?

can it be treated or is it too late?  


  • I have never seen this before
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    It looks like Buxus Sempervirens, Box shrub. Suffering from either Box Blight or Box tree caterpillar. Check for any caterpillars. In my opinion, if this shrub is based in the south east, I would remove it. It's very difficult to get the plant back into health. Pruning back seldom helps.

  • Thanks for your prompt reply. Any treatment we could do? Customer is in the East of England, Essex to be precise 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    edited May 2019
    Click on the links for advice on what to do with Box Blight and the other link is about the Box Caterpillar. Check the shrubs for any caterpillars.

    I have not encountered this issue when I used to have Box shrubs, so cannot really advise from my experience. Let your customer know that any treatment or care will not mean instant good results. In the last few years, it's getting more and more rare to see decent healthy box shrubs. Mostly, the healthy looking ones are the ones in the garden centres.
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