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Stunted Trees/Shrubs

Posted by bjb817 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 8, 12 at 19:47

Last year, I basically re-landscaped my whole yard. Most of my plants have taken well. Unfortunately, I have a few exceptions.

I have 3 bush germanders, a mexican sycamore and cherry laurel that have a huge flush of small, stunted looking new growth. They've been this way all season. It's like they're dying to break out and grow, but just can't get over the hump.

It's weird, because I have another sycamore doing great and a total of 9 bush germanders, 3 of which are stunted looking. They're all in different areas of the yard. I'm on the east side of Austin, black land clay soil. Here's a pic of the germander:

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A pic of the sycamore:

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I'm not sure why some of your plants would exhibit that stunted growth. Must be something about the roots, the soil or amount of irrigation. Bumping this up so perhaps someone will see it who has also experienced it and can give you some ideas as to the cause. I'm curious too. It will be interesting to see if things level out next year.

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OK, I'll bite. Several shrubs that I've planted seemed stunted like that for the first few years. It's like the roots have trouble punching into the clay. But when they figure it out, they take off like you would expect. I could be way off, but that's what I've always thought was going on.

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Well, I certainly appreciate a few of you taking a crack at this. It has me good and baffled too since only some of the plants are experiencing this. I thought maybe the big rain last week would get them going, but no luck. :^( I guess all that can be done is play wait and see...

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