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Forsythia problem #463188

Asked June 18, 2018, 8:26 AM EDT

Hello, We planted a forsythia bush in May. It was thriving until the rains came. Afterward, the leaves drooped and are now drying up. I scratched one branch and it was still green. Should I cut it back or leave it alone and hope for the best? Thanks so much! 

Baltimore County Maryland

Expert Response

Your forsythia may have a fungal disease known as sclerotina, brought on by excess rains. This fungus clogs up the branches vascular system, thus the wilting and dying. 

Prune out the infected stems. Hopefully there will be enough healthy root system that it will generate new growth. Forsythia are very vigorous plants.

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Thank you. I'll keep m fingers crossed that it survives.
The Question Asker Replied July 14, 2018, 11:06 AM EDT

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