Taxus problems

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by williamcustomlawn, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. williamcustomlawn

    williamcustomlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I need help identifying some yellowing/dying in some yews. These are in a cortyard in Northern Virginia. The yews in more shade show no signs of this dieback. The soil moisture is appropriate, i.e. no wet feet, and the PH is 6.3.

    Notice that the leaves yellow then a brown spot apears in the middle of the leaf and then spreads to turn the leaf brown. Any ideas?


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  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Is it clay soil though?

    You can try scratching in, and then top dressing some peat moss to the top layer of soil around the roots.
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    We've been seeing "sunburn" on burning bushes and nest spruce. At least that's all I can really figure out. The nest spruce damage looks very similar to that pic.
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    I could be wrong also but that does appear to be sunburn. A couple of weeks ago, the outside UV intensity was unbelievably high for the South. I am sure you guys experienced that same issue. These sensitive plants can't take direct exposure of these magnitudes.
    The only other means is to send twig samples off to your State for testing.
  5. williamcustomlawn

    williamcustomlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    That is the only thing I could think of, especially because these are in the sun, and the ones that have partial shade are less affected. I took sample to the co op, and will report their findings.

    Thank you all!
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  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Think your right.

    I have two in front of my house, been there for 10 years and this has been a hot summer. First time I've seen mine do this.

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