crimson barberry dieing

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassmasterswilson, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    I installed these crimson barberry's this past march. They were doing good but now have started dieing. I pulled back the mulch and stuck my finger in the dirt and everything is moist. Are they getting too much water? The other shrubs I installed are doing ok. There are 3 different groups across the front of my house and all three groups are doing the same. The get very good sun.

    I'm attaching 3 pics, starting at the one last healthy shurb and getting worse. the 4th pic would be no leaves.



  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    If my eyes dont deceive me the top plants are yews. If you are getting too much water they will yellow out first.
    The barberry isn't safe for Anthracnose. Looks like reddish margins and yellowing. Phyllosticta leaf spots. Some of these plants are doomed from the grower, however just trim out the dead and it will grow more new shoots. I have this issue with a few customers with flat shrubbery beds......watered.....and with heat.
  3. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,827

    with most transplants:
    First year sleeps
    Second year creeps
    Third year leaps

    Trim out the damage. Give them a treatment of kelp extract to boost their immunity. Back off on the watering or maybe remove mulch temporarily, to just a scant thin layer around the plants affected.

    Are you sure there was not a layer of limestone or other hard inpenetrable base under the planting holes? A neighbor kept losing mugo pines being planted in the same hole by box store contractors. I replanted for him and found inches below the rootball was a thick layer of limestone gravel. I enlarged the hole and busted through and removed the limestone. The mugo has survived several years and is now flourishing.
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    Here is a pic of what they look like after the leaves have fallen off. You can see the grey wood at the bottom and the "purple-red" stems of new growth. The purple is still green when broken off.

    I don't think they are suppose to drop the leaves this early? Maybe I need to pull away the pine straw and pack some topsoil around them?

  5. coolluv

    coolluv Banned
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 4,514

    Too much water. Let them dry out and they should be fine. They will recover but slowly. You should see some new leaf growth once you correct the water situation.


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