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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Escallonia -epic problem? Reply with quote

From Mary W

Escallonia Hedges,all over West Cork are in serious trouble for the last 3-4 years.It started with brown spots on the leaves.Then loss of leaves during the season, then v bare hedges over the winter,then v slow to leaf in spring.My hedge which surrounds the windy side of my garden,has gone from being 7feet high and 4-5feet thick to being see through!

Cutting back and feeding has not helped.i was told it was caused by a spore called mycosphaerella by an expert in Teagasc. If i lose my shelter here i can kiss my borders good bye ,can anyone help Please mary w

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A long thread linked to another thread dealing with it here before inishindie................. escallonia's lost its leaves?????
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi James...Thanks for that. I spotted it after I put the thread on...I searched 'escallonia'...simple really....
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same problem with a 2-yr-old escallonia hedge. I am going to interplant with other shrubs like fuschia, and then let the more vigorous shrubs take over.
It's very sad, as the escallonia is actually quite vigorous and already a good size but in the late summer, the black spots started to appear, and now it has lost most of its leaves.
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