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Tree peony wilt then death of branches- why?

Posted by Julie_MN z4 MN Henn (My Page) on
Sun, May 29, 05 at 22:13

Hi there-
Iv'e been looking around here for an answer to a problem I have been having with my 3 Japanese tree peonys through the last few years. Usually it is in the early spring that the leaves open and branches lengthen and the suddenly a sinlge branch (usually) will wilt and flop over and eventually dry and drop. Sometimes the leaves don't even get to open before this happens- and it has happen a couple of times after blooming too. No pests are seen- no molds- or fungus noted- It is not "cracked" or broken- just limp- It does not affect the whole plant or even the whole branch- just the new green growth of one bud. It is not overwatering- it can't be heat (MN in spring is not hot enough!)- I just don't get it! What do you think is happening?
Thanks for your help!

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RE: Tree peony wilt then death of branches- why?

It may be Peony wilt. See the link...

Here is a link that might be useful: tree peony

RE: Tree peony wilt then death of branches- why?

Hey Anita-
Thanks so much for that very infomative link! That very well may be the problem- I did not know to remove all dried leaves- I have always used them with oak leaves for mulch to help them get though the unpredictably cold winters here.
Thanks again!

RE: Tree peony wilt then death of branches- why?

You're welcome, and best of luck with your peony.

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