What in the world is the problem here.....

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by TexasFire221, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    Can someone help identify the problem?

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  2. albhb3

    albhb3 LawnSite Senior Member
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    looks like they got hit hard from frost... how cold was it by this
     
  3. mgm

    mgm LawnSite Member
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    Red Tipped Photinia Leaf spot, caused by fungus.
     
  4. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 479

    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!
     
  5. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    There being over sheared and never cut back to rejuvinate
     
  6. ecogreentexas

    ecogreentexas LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    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.
     
  8. ecogreentexas

    ecogreentexas LawnSite Member
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    chinese photinias do they have a longer life span than the red tips
     
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    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.
     
  10. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 479

    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?
     

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