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I have planted four escallonia bushes a few months ago but some of the leaves have turned yellow and there are spots on them. I have been told there is a fungus affecting escallonia. Does this mean they will die or can I do anything to get rid of this fungus



  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,276

    This is probably what your shrubs are suffering from:


  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    Hi zinnia, I had an escallonia in the garden for a number of years but it developed yellow leaves with black spots.  I was told it was escallonia leaf spot.  I tried to treat it for a couple of years, but after talking to a number of experts I was told it was really hard to cure so I gave up the ghost and removed it.  Maybe you will have more success.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Thanks for your advise everyone.

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790

    I have "Gold Ellen", a mature specimen. First identified this problem last year.  It was much worse this year in Spring/Early Summer, and seriously considered removing the plant.  We have never treated it.  By mid-Summer the plant was looking very healthy, lots of growth, and currently looks superb.  I'm definitely going to wait at least one more year to see how things go.  If you have a mature plant, I'd suggest cutting back hard, clean away leaf litter and see how it goes.  

  • I cut mine back hard, but the lurgy is coming back again. I am going to have to bite the bullet, but it will give me the opportunity to redesign that border, so sad as it it to lose my lovely escallonia, new opportunities will arise. 

  • OK, Verdun, maybe I am being a little hasty? Thank you for this, I will wait another year, then. Should I cut it back hard again? I am very grateful for your advice, thank you.

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