Acuba is about to Croke

tmolinis(Decatur GA)August 26, 2006


I have 2 established 10 yo Acubas. One I tried to rejevenate in the spring. It is comming back slowly, but looks healthy.

The other is about 4 ft tall and last month began to wilt.

Now it looks horrible and some of the leaves are black.

There is a small amount of healthy new growth at the bottom of the bush.

What should I do?

Should i cut about all of the wilt and encourage the new growth now, or just scrap the whole plant?

Your advice is appreciated.

Signs of Fall. Yippie



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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I've seen this before. The black leaves and wilt are usually a fungus. Plain old black leaves and a plant in sun is usually burn (like at the Dekalb Farmers market. Those poor aucubas are scorched every year)...
Just cut it back to new growth. I've done this, and even with plants who have fungal problems on the leaves, the new growth seems to do fine.


    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 5:27PM
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tmolinis(Decatur GA)

Thanks for the advice. I believe the drought and some direct sunlight are the cause. Will do. Peace


    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 7:25PM
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My acubas have done the same thing. We have had a very hot, dry summer so far and I think that is most of the problem. I have just cut them back in years past and they put out new growth and look healthy once again.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 8:07PM
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woody_ga(7a GA)

Several of our Acubas have this problem - black dying leaves. Our's started in the spring and has now stopped, except the plants haven't really grown back the missing leaves.

We were told it was delayed stress from last year's drought, so we are trying to baby them this summer.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 7:10PM
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Acubas will actually do very well in deep shade with very limited sunlight. Helps in drought years especially as they
really do not like it dry (in the air or at the soil). In the north, they can suffer in exposed, sunny locations both from summer sun/heat and winter sun scold. But in the shade/semi-shady--no problems. Mine even flowered and produced berries in a relatively shaded locale. They also transplant fairly well. (I would not transplant them at this time of year though.)

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 9:15PM
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My 3 ft Acuba is loosing it's leaves.We did have a very hot,dry summer.
Could it have post stress from that?
In the meantime,what can I do to save it?
Thank you

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 4:11PM
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