Sherry M
Sherry M
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Asked on May 24, 2012

My burning bushes aren't full at all. The branches sill feel green, and there are some tiny buds on them.

Douglas HuntWalter ReevesSherry M
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Any idea what might be going on?
11 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on May 24, 2012

    how long have they been in the ground? Are there only buds but no leaves?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 25, 2012

    There are a few insects that trouble burning bush. If you post a photo perhaps we will be able to help you out.

  • Sherry M
    on May 26, 2012

    I'll try to get a photo up soon. They've been in the ground 5 or 6 years. There are some leaves, but many bare branches with these tiny buds. :(

  • Sherry M
    on May 31, 2012

    OK. Here are four photos. Tell me what you think. There are three bushes; all of them have these same issues, but one is the worst of the three.

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  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 1, 2012

    Lightly nick the wood and see if there is green just under the bark. If there is, your shrubs are still alive. Was this a sudden decline in the plants?

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 1, 2012

    Wow - this is very curious! Have you dug around the base to see if there is any gnawing from voles?

  • Sherry M
    on Jun 1, 2012

    @Douglas, most of these dead-looking branches seem to be green, and yes, a sudden decline. Last year, and years past, these things have been gorgeous! I honestly just thought maybe they were getting a "late" start. @Walter, no, I haven't dug around the bottom. Would I know what vole gnawing looks like?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 2, 2012

    Hmmm, I thought burning bush was pretty indestructible. Can you think of anything that has changed since last year?

  • Sherry M
    on Jun 2, 2012

    Not a thing. Is it time to let them go? Meaning get rid of them?

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 2, 2012

    Gnawing tooth marks will be very obvious.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 3, 2012

    You could cut them way back and see what happens. At this point I don't think you have anything to lose.

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