Plants are dying

RockyPresley(7)January 5, 2013

Hello all, I am very young in my green thumb ability, and I need some help! My plants are dying in the winter. I don't believe that they are supposed to lose their leaves, but they are. Some of the leaves have been eaten as well. I think the plants are Texas Sage, but I could be wrong. Is there anyone that can help me address the problem from the image provided? I would greatly appreciate it!

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freshair2townsquare(z7/8, D/FW)

If the dark green is the typical color, then its not Texas Sage.

If the dark green is *not* the typical color, then it just might be Texas Sage & you've got some volunteers growing up in the middle of the sage.

Questions: How long have the shrubs been there? New transplants? Well established? Any other plants doing the same thing? Exactly where are you?

~ freshair

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:17PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

It looks like Texas sage to me with, as Freshair notes, a few sprouts of weed trees (possibly Cedar elm or Hackberry) coming up from beneath. Texas sage is hard to kill. It may be that it's just loosing some old worn out leaves in anticipation of putting on fresh new leaves in the spring. Even evergreen bushes get a little more sparse in the winter. Try to pull out the weed trees after a rain.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 1:10PM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

It looks like variegated Ligustrum sinense to me with sprouts that have lost their variegation.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 9:47AM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

What do the flowers look like when it blooms and what color are they? To me, it kinda looks like it could be a Salvia Gregii or Autumn Sage, or one of the Microphyllas. They are not evergreen, although in a protected spot like yours close to the house, it could hold on to it's leaves a long time in winter.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 10:14AM
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ocgf(Z8)

I agree with texasflip. I think it is variegated ligustrum. I have it and they do lose some foliage during the winter. I usually prune it heavely at the end of the winter to keep it down and get a less lanky and a more compact growth.

Omar

Here is a link that might be useful: Variegated ligustrum

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 7:40PM
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RockyPresley(7)

Thank you all for the help. Yes, Lingstrum is the plant for sure. I'll cut I back after winter as Omar suggested. What do you prefer to use as fertilizer?

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 8:30PM
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ocgf(Z8)

I only use organic matter on them: shredded leaves, mulch, etc..Ligustrums are not demanding plants.

Omar

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 9:47PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I got up close to the photo with the lower part of my bifocals and can now see the varigation. So the good news it the plant isn't dying. The foliage is just a little sparse in winter. As Omar says it's a strong growing plant.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 11:13PM
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