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garrya elliptica dying? Help!

my mothers garrya elliptica (which she calls a Gary Lineker image) has suddenly started dying, its established (planted 5 years ago) and up until mid august was growing well, then suddenly started dying back. I cut the stem of one of the dying limbs off and the wood inside had a dark brown stain in the heartwood (but the sapwood was still aright)

anyone have any ideas? my first inclination is to take it to the ground and hope it regrows next year?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,687

    No idea really, but take a look at this from another website

    In Southern California, G. elliptica likes extra watering, but it also needs well-drained soil. Plants grown in insufficient drainage can be prone to water molds. The species in general is also susceptible to Botryosphaeria, a fungal disease that can result in branch dieback. Pruning in summer months and with proper hygienic practices will help deter the spread of this pathogen.


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    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Oh what a shame treehugger80, my 3yr old one and has lovely tassels - they're really lovely plants.

    I hope it recovers

    Love your mothers name for it! image

  • pansy face, looks like that might be it,

    bit of pruning next summer will be in order.....if it survives the winter. image

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