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Laural bush

The leaves of my laural hedge are being seriously damaged each Spring by something that is stripping all the newer leaves from the ends of the branches, and sometimes seriously damaging the older leaves also.  From the look of the plants it seems likely that some form of caterpillar is at work here, but there must be a significant quantity of them to achieve the results they do.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    If there's that many you should be able to see them and get one to ID

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,940

    Any sign of them?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Ed 2Ed 2 Posts: 3

    No sign of them, probably because it isnt Spring. The laural and other plants stripped bare have all grown new leaves.  A camelia was completely stripped, but has survived, although with no flowers this year.

    Earlier in the year when the beasts were active (overnight) I did look closely each morning and saw nothing. I gues I was too late.

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