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What’s this plant and why are the leaves falling off!?

Hi there - just wondering if anyone can identify this plant? It’s an evergreen bush and doesn’t flower. It’s survived the winter ok and has grown, but now it’s leaves have started falling off. Not sure what could be wrong with it and don’t know the plant name to do any research on it to try and help it! Thanks! 



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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,571
    euonymus of some sort.
    Devon.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,673
    edited April 2020
    Agree Euonymus sp.
    The flowers are tiny and easily missed.

    Very strange.
    Leaves have not died or withered.
    Something is cutting  then off.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,970
    edited April 2020
    That happens with my small. immature euonymus - especially one in the front. Doesn't seem to happen to the larger, more mature bushes.

    I suspect it's either wabbits or muntjac having a midnight feast.🤨 Maybe pigeons. Badoodly annoying!

    So long as there are buds on the plant it should be ok again in a few weeks time.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • robairdmacraignilrobairdmacraignil CorkPosts: 585
    Posted links to a video of my own Euonymus which have even more leaves dropping on another gardening forum and someone replied saying they think of these as being only semi evergreen and they think my ones should be fine even though some have lost much more leaves than the one pictured above. Mine had held their leaves right through winter up until a few weeks back but I think the reply I got is correct and think they are going to produce new leaves soon.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,673
    edited April 2020

    jennymorning ..your Euonymus is healthy,  good and strong.
    It will soon grow more leaves.

    Euonymus as shown in your pic are not semi evergreen.
    They are evergreen. Leaves stay on all winter. 

    Agree with Topbird re culprits...maybe check in the evening /early morning for visitors.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thanks for your comments everyone! We do have a bird feeder next to them and my immediate reaction was that the birds had been at them, so wonder if that’s the case! I’ve given them a water today as the ground was a bit dry and will see how they get on. As I say, they seem to be growing, so hopefully they make a recovery! 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Pigeons definitely a possibilty then, given the bird feeder.  They are a menace when feeling frisky and when chasing each other around can cause quite a lot of damage.  Decapitating tulips seems to be one of their favourite pastimes and they will peck at almost anything to see if it's worth eating!
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,064
    edited April 2020
    As @Silver surfer says, Euonymous  are evergreen, although some are hardier than others, but they just turn brown and pop their clogs.

    Those ones of @jennymorning have definitely been 'nipped' by something.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,673
    Fairygirl said:
    As @Silver surfer says, Euonymous are evergreen, although some are hardier than others, but they just turn brown and pop their clogs.

    Those ones of @jennymorning have definitely been 'nipped' by something.  :)
    Just to clarify.
    Quote to Jenny....Euonymus as shown in your pic are not semi evergreen.
    They are evergreen. Leaves stay on all winter.

    There are many Euonymus sp that are deciduous
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,064
    edited April 2020
    Yes - I meant the type that the OP has - fortunei. I should have clarified.

    There are the beautiful spindle trees [ alatus and europaeus ] which are deciduous, and widely grown.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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