Yellowing leaves on escallonia

My escallonia, about five years old, has lots of its leaves turning yellow, though there are flower buds showing too.  Is it like the rhodies and azaleas which need acid soil and perhaps I should be giving it some rhodie food or iron?  Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    they can't need acid soil Poly-anthus, they grow here, very alkaline.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Escallonia seem just to do this, I wonder if it is when they get a bit cool?  They are green all year so they do have to shed leaves at some point, it certainly has been nothing to worry about over the years - suppose it depends just how much of the shrub is going yellow?  A general feed can't hurt, they don't need ericaceous feed just something like seaweed mixture. 

  • Poly-anthusPoly-anthus Posts: 53

    Thanks Nutcutlet and Bookertoo.  It does get a bit cool image here in the North of Scotland, so perhaps that's the answer.  Perhaps I'm worrying too much.  I'll give it a feed as suggested and keep my fingers crossed.  Thanks again.

  • madcatjomadcatjo Posts: 19

    could be a fungal disease , there is one specific to Escallonia , often purple or black spots preceed yellowing and leaf drop. Can be treated with a spray eg/ Bayer multi rose 2 etc.

  • Just wondering what to spray on my escallonias ,The leaves are turning yellow on some of them.We have had very heavy frosts this year -4 some mornings . 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,764

    Not sure where you are Suzanne, if you've already had frost, but it's normal for all evergreens to have a few yellow leaves and drop some, especially after a hot spell when the ground might be quite dry below them and they get a bit dehydrated.

    If you can post a pic and offer some more info, that will help confirm if it's just that, or something else  image

    The camera icon in the top right corner is the place to start, and if it doesn't load, try resizing to a smaller size.

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