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Carolina Gardening: Pitiful pittosporum problems!

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donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8449774

Several of my pittosporums are in distress, and going downhill fast. They all share one characteristic - peeling bark. I checked for ground vole activity, but I don't think that's an issue. I've read that too much water can cause bark to peel, but I have specimens growing happily in very low lying areas w/o bark peel. Once again, I'm perplexed and disgusted.

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donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 25, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8449782

Another shot. The bark is still green - just wondering if this is something it can outgrow.

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Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8451561

Ack .. you may have Botryosphaeria Canker and Dieback of Trees and Shrubs in the Landscape - Pittosporum is on the list of affected plants

Here is a link:

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/450/450-726/450-726.html
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 26, 2011
3:18 PM

Post #8451830

It sure does look like Botryosphaeria! Maybe the cold winter - and a little vole activity? - stressed them and made them vulnerable to this disease. I'm going to give it another month to see if it can survive. I do have other shrubs not on the list which could replace it. I need a vacation!
BSD
Conway, SC

March 26, 2011
6:52 PM

Post #8452304

Don't give up on your Pitts just yet. The same thing happened to three in my daughters yard and we cut them wayyyy back. Similar to the way you have yours. Since they had boxwoods in front of them, I said lets just see what happens. What did we have to loose ? They were 25 years old and removing them and replacing them with large shrubs was going to be costly. They came out beautifully and now look great. Hope you have good success with yours.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2011
4:19 AM

Post #8452712

I remember losing some mature pitts to the extreme cold one winter when I lived in Columbia. Let's hope it is weather related rather than some awful disease. Better still, let's hope they return.
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2011
9:29 AM

Post #8453245

I'm hoping it returns. Last month I severely cut back another distressed Pitt in a different part of my yard and it's sprouting new leaves.

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