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Diseased Shrub - Help!

Hello everyone. I hope you’re all staying safe and enjoying your gardens. I was wondering if anyone could help me? I had a problem with whitefly on this shrub in my garden last summer. I managed to get rid of them and the shrub seemed to pick up however all the new growth this year has come through brown and dead looking but there is no sign of the whitefly. Can anyone suggest what might be causing this and is there anything I can do to save it or will it need to come out? Also I’m not sure what the shrub is. It has variegated leaves and red oval shaped berries (see pics). If anyone can tell me that too I’d be most grateful. Any and all help appreciated. Thanks in advance.


  • It is elaeagnus ebbingei, I have this in my garden. The new growth looks ok to me, they always start out small and brown and will eventually change - at least it does on my ones
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I think it is telling you it's stressed. Bugs apart, many areas have had drought for two summers and this spring has been very dry, after an unusually wet winter. There have been fierce easterly winds followed by days of brilliant sunshine. Your shrub looks like eleagnus to me and it is in a narrow border, close to the wall where it will struggle to get enough water anyway.
    I would suggest watering it really well, buckets of the stuff, making sure it sinks into the soil, then a mulch. You can cut out any damaged branches later, when it has settled down.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,294
    edited April 2020
    I agree with benjamin that it's just normal for these shrubs. They young foliage is browinish and furry - it changes to green during the summer.

    I agree with Posy too, the curly leaves looks like they have been stressed probably due to lack of water, but may have been nipped by frost when they were forming..
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