Leaves Turned Brown & Crisp

carver(z9FL)September 24, 2007

I am in Central Florida. Over the last month my four year-old azelea's leaves have been turning brown and NOT falling off. About 1/3 of the leaves on this up-until-now healthy plant are now brown. I assume that it is dying. I don't know why or if there is anything I can do.

To add to my frustration, two Butterfly bushes and two young maple trees are doing the same thing. None of these are next to each other and there are healthy trees an shrubs in between them.

Any suggestions on what I might be able to do?

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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

It sounds like drought damage. Azaleas have shallow roots and can't tolerate dry weather very long. They need mulch to hold moisture in the soil. Too much fertilizer will also burn the leaves and cause this problem. Lawn fertilizer is especially bad. Of course weed killer and weed and feed would do this since they are plant killers.

When the leaves die and do not fall off, it means that the dying is abnormal. It is caused by a pathology.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2007 at 6:40PM
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