View Full Version : What in the world is the problem here.....

01-12-2010, 10:44 PM
Can someone help identify the problem?

01-12-2010, 11:52 PM
looks like they got hit hard from frost... how cold was it by this

01-13-2010, 12:27 AM
Red Tipped Photinia Leaf spot, caused by fungus.

01-13-2010, 01:52 AM
I figured it was a fungus. Thank you very much mgm. Im just in maintenance and trying to learn these plants and their problems. TY AGAIN!

01-13-2010, 06:55 AM
There being over sheared and never cut back to rejuvinate

01-14-2010, 08:58 AM
Red tips are very easy hedges and or barriers for privacy.But what you are looking at is a very common problem with them.Especially here in east Texas.Most over the counter Black spot fungis treatments will cure it but like ck said they need to be cut back way back to rejuvinate.Late Febuary or early March would be a good time for you.Be carefull because this fungi will spread to the rest of the Red Tips next to it if left untreated.

Turf Dawg
01-14-2010, 09:28 AM
What you have is Entomosporium leaf spot. It really likes Red Tip Photinias and Indian Hawthorns. And by judging the looks of those red tips, I will kiss your butt on the courthouse square and give you 30 minutes to draw a crowd if you can bring those back. And by the way, the infected leaves on the plant and ground will spread the fungus. You might look at replacing those plants with Chinese Photinias.

01-14-2010, 10:07 AM
chinese photinias do they have a longer life span than the red tips

Turf Dawg
01-14-2010, 01:31 PM
chinese photinias do they have a longer life span than the red tips

They are very similar to the red tips. The new growth is not red so that is why they were not very popular until this fungus started wiping out the red tips. For some reason the fungus seems not to bother these near as bad, so people have been trying to switch over to these. Also the Elanor Tabor [think that is right spelling] Indian hawthorns do not seemed to be as bothered like the plain pinkies and whites.
A lot of Horticulturist around my area have said there is two kinds of Red Tip Photinias, the ones that have this fungus and the ones that are going to have this fungus, because the price of fungicide will out way the price of replacing the plants.

01-18-2010, 11:41 AM
Ok thanks guys. I agree that they are gone. A few of them are already down to branches and are never coming back. They surround a dumpster so I need something rather large that can provide the cover. I am very new to the tree/shrub side of the business so I will look into the Chinese Photinias. Any other suggestions?

Turf Dawg
01-19-2010, 12:04 AM
Eleagnus would be one of your best choices IMO. They are tuff, dense and fast growing. The only problem is the sprouts grow real quick and need cutting about once a month.

Dallas Turf
01-19-2010, 01:28 AM
Try Atrimmec growth regulator on the Eleaganus, it holds them for a couple of months and no shoots.

01-21-2010, 01:18 AM
I would stay away from photinas, you probably will end up with it again

Az Gardener
01-21-2010, 01:36 AM
I would use a Japanese privets. Ligustrum japonica I think is the official term. Bulletproof, not frost sensitive, fast growing, sweet smelling blooms in the spring. Easy to hedge.