Asked on May 22, 2012

Tea Olive - Leaves

Sr Sitizen DDeb LDouglas Hunt


The leaves on my tea olive bush look like they have been chewed. no sign of insects.
anyone have ideas on the problem? solution?
thank you.
6 answers
  • Pam
    on May 23, 2012

    Can you post a picture?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 23, 2012

    Other than scale, tea olives generally have very few insect pests. We really need to see a photo.

  • Sherrie S
    on May 23, 2012

    Douglas, my tea olive doesn't look good this year. I wonder if it is lack of water or cold from the winter. There are no apparent pests, just bad overall look on two tea olive plants.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 24, 2012

    Mine have lost a lot of leaves, Sherrie. I hope it's the drought and that when it starts raining more regularly they will be happier.

  • Deb L
    on May 24, 2012

    I have tea olives also here in Tn. Yep- I found when I watered them more, they look so much better!

  • Sr Sitizen D
    on May 9, 2016

    Something attacking the roots? I have problems with voles and even though I planted new bushes with hardware cloth surrounding the root ball (hardware cloth is like window screen only with bigger holes and sturdier wire) I still found one plant that is in vicinity of a favored vole location losing leaves on about 1/3 of the plant. (And found a tunnel leading to the wire surround.) My solution is crushed basalt mixed with the soil further away from the plant.

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