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Hi everyone - can anyone advise what’s happening with my Euonymus? They were both thriving last week and have suddenly lost their leaves!? Can I save them? 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    edited April 2020
    Has it been planted long?  If not, it has probably been grown-on in constantly warm conditions and has dropped its leaves due to transplant shock, especially with the recent cold nights.  The good news is that it looks to have lots of healthy looking new shoots so should recover well.  New leaves will be green and get the variegation as they mature.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,712
    Ooops!
    i suspect the root ball was dry when you planted it.
    Suggest you dig it up.
    Put in a bucket of water to soak then replant and water soil.
    It should survive...they are normally pretty bomb proof.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Hi both - thanks for your replies. They were planted last October and have done well until now - do you still think the roots are dry or that it’s transplant shock? Thanks! 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    SS may be on to something so worth lifting and checking.  If clay soil, the planting hole could also be acting as a sump so water could be collecting at the bottom of the hole.  They are pretty tough plants but don't like under or over watering.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hey everyone! I dug it up today and the plant was pretty wet. It wasn’t full of water but the soil was really wet. It’s a clay soil. Although it’s not rained for quite some time now, so not sure why it’s still wet. I dug it out, added lots of compost and have put it back in. I guess I just need to wait and see if it survives? The roots are white, so trying to be optimistic! 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,712
    edited April 2020
    Hey everyone! I dug it up today and the plant was pretty wet. It wasn’t full of water but the soil was really wet. It’s a clay soil. Although it’s not rained for quite some time now, so not sure why it’s still wet. I dug it out, added lots of compost and have put it back in. I guess I just need to wait and see if it survives? The roots are white, so trying to be optimistic! 

    Oh dear...cannot win..too wet/too dry.
    At least you know why it was dropping the leaves...thanks for getting back to us all.
    Rather amazing it was sitting with its feet in water after this dry spell.
    Maybe it should be mound planted.
    I have normally found evergreen Euonymus tough as old boots....  but a bit slow at first.
    Hope it survives now.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    Does look like the 'sump' effect.  Here's some advice with dealing with clay soils which should help:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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