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After five years of good healthy growth, my phoetinia ( now seven feet tall) is losing all its leaves and I fear it is dying.  The only difference in my handling of it this year versus previous years is that I did not prune it back this year.  Also, as I was away for two months , I installed a watering system whose rotating head would sprinkle water over it twice a day for half an hour.

The soil is acid ( old forest ground)  

Help please!   Thanks




  • many thanks Verdun.   Yes, we have had a dried period but my water sprinkler covered the phoetinia twice a day for half an hour each time.  I will follow your advise about pruning back to buds or shoots.  Thanks again !

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