Tea Olive - Leaves

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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.
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  • Pam Pam on May 22, 2012
    Can you post a picture?

  • Douglas Hunt 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 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 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 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 Sr Sitizen D on May 09, 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.