Asked on Jul 07, 2012

boxwood leaves turn yellow and then end up with all dry leaves

Sam P
by Sam P
Hi, I have about 20+ boxwood, I have noticed that on three of the boxwood it start with small area turn yellow and in couple weeks all leaves dry out. see attached pictures. I went to home depot they don't know any thing. I am in orlando, FL. any help will be highly appreciated!
  12 answers
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Jul 07, 2012
    Sam P, what I have found is one plant is not getting enough water. The boxwoods are very easy to grow and don't have insect problems. We have had so many days without rain that it can affect healthy plants that never had a problem.because the sprinkler isn't hitting one area.
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Jul 07, 2012
    Let me add one more thing, having mulch so close to the plant can harm it.
  • Daniela N Daniela N on Jul 07, 2012
    we had that happen with our dwarf alberta spruce...the last one standing is half green, and dead...been like that for almost 2 years...
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 08, 2012
    As Sherrie notes, boxwoods are very susceptible to drought stress. I don't think another issue would result in such a quick decline of your plants.
  • Pamela F Pamela F on Jul 08, 2012
    I had 17 boxwoods on the property line between my neighbor and I. All of them basically turned yellow to brown and died because they weren't getting enough water...they are on the left side in the photo.
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  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on Jul 08, 2012
    Boxwoods live for decades if their roots are happy. Over- and under-watering are the most common killers.
  • Madeline O Madeline O on Jul 08, 2012
    Call your County Extension Agent, they are always happy to help and are familiar with problems in your specific area.
  • Sam P Sam P on Jul 08, 2012
    thank you all for the great comments!
  • Carol S Carol S on Jul 03, 2014
    What I have gotten from your comments will help with the problem my daughter is having with her neglected boxwood, which had ths same problem. I noticed that the drain from the gutter had been kicked away - causing the rain water to flow away from the plant. The comment reguarding the mulch, could also be a factor here because the dead leaves on the ground maybe sufficating the roots and stopping rain water from sinking into the ground & to the roots. Thank you.
  • Farmwoman Farmwoman on Oct 17, 2014
    Also if dogs pee on the plants that can turn the leaves and kill the plant. To much urea.
  • Sherry Hubbard Sherry Hubbard on Oct 20, 2014
    I live in Louisville ky. My boxwoods did the same thing. My lawn co that sprayes my yard said it was from the winter WE had last year. They sit right under my gutters and that is where the ice fell out last winter.
  • Gms12627986 Gms12627986 on Nov 02, 2016
    They do not like full sun.