Branches & leaves on spotted laurel turning black
Essex, United Kingdom
I have a spotted laurel that I planted in my back garden about 14 years ago – it stands at about 5ft and has produced berries in the past. Over the last few months the branches and leaves thereof have, one by one, started turning black. I’ve removed these as and when I’ve noticed them but recently the problem has been getting worse – lots of black branches/leaves plus the leaves that are still green/yellow are drooping and looking quite sorry for themselves(!). This evening I mentioned the problem to my neighbour and she said she’d had something similar happen to her laurel not so long ago (it was situated just the other side of the fence to mine) and it hadn’t recovered. What I’d like to find out is: i) what is causing the problem ii) is it treatable (I’d be a bit upset to lose it after so long) iii) is it a coincidence that my neighbour seems to have had the same problem?
Incidentally, other plants around the laurel appear to be okay (jasmine, holly, conifer, buddleia).
Apologies if my question is a tad long-winded but I wanted to include as much information as possible to assist any of you green-fingered wise people to give your opinions/suggestions.
- 9 Sep, 2009