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What is causing this weig... #147468

Asked August 16, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

What is causing this weigela to lose leaves and some of the leaves turning brown. It bloomed beautifully this spring.

Prince George's County Maryland

Expert Response

Other than under-watering or over-watering, which will kill any plant, weigelias are susceptible to a crown gall (look for a gall at soil level) and a root rot.  Since the shrub probably has not put a lot of roots into the surrounding soil yet, you could possibly dig is up gently and inspect the roots.  Healthy roots are white or light colored. 

This shrub needs sun and any surrounding plants should be removed. 
ECN

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