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Should I be concerned about my escallonia?

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428

I planted this escallonia Apple Blossom last October. Although the photo isn’t very clear, you can see it in the centre of the picture - showing about a foot of bare stems. What has happened to the leaves? Is it some kind of insect attack? It is in a mixed border, has plenty of space and light and has been well-looked after. The leaves further up are very healthy. Ideas appreciated.


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Have you got over hanging branches of shrubs or trees near it? The amount of leaf debris makes me think the shrub is not getting enough sun and air around it. 
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
    Thank you for your thoughts ..... as it has only been in the ground for less than a year I think I might move it temporarily to a large pot which I can place in a sunnier position for next year. Do you think that’s sensible? No, there is no overhanging canopy. Spring gales dislodged many leaves - and I must admit that’s a job I didn’t get round to.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    I think you may need to dig it up if it's not in a sunny area. They prefer to be in an open area. Often used as hedging plants along boundaries. Since many of the branches are spindly, if they don't rejuvenate in the next 6 months, I would prune them back reasonably low. Hopefully that may stimulate new growth. In extreme wind, and cold, they can lose some of their leaves, especially in the winter months.

    Growing in a container, keep them on pot feet raised off the ground in the winter time, but make sure the plants are watered if it's still warm and dry.
  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 428
    Thank you for your interest and advice. I will pot it up today - and let you know what happens next Spring. 
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