Staffordshire, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Hey all, it appears I have a somewhat ailing honeysuckle. From the quick search I've done I'm not the only one either although my honeysuckle doesn't appear to have the same issues as the others I've seen. Any help greatly appreciated.
I'm not certain of the variety of honeysuckly (flowers have been more than a little sparse this year and tend to die before they have fully formed). The honeysuckle is planted in the south facing border at the side of the deck in full sun - part shade (depending on the time of the year - now the sun is starting to drop the apple tree is starting to shade it a little). If I've worked my dates out right I think it was planted about 10 - 12 years ago.
The problem (photos below - third photo is the back of the leaves): I've noticed a lot of the leaves have a strange pigmentation to them, they are not a solid green. Some have black spots or a dark (black or brown generally) area to the leaf. Several leaves look as though they are being eaten and I have noticed one or two which have a white (ish) colouring to them which made me think mildew. As I said very few flowers have formed and those that have formed haven't survived to maturity. I've seen lots of what appear to be berry buds but only two berries, the others seem to have died off. There was quite a lot of dead wood in the bush which I have cut back to where there is growth (although i may have got a few living branches accidentally). Some of the worst branches I've taken off completely.
I did notice some new leaves today just below what looks to be a flower forming. The new leaves are a lovely young green and appear to be healthy. Just have to wait and see what happens with it.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be or any suggestions what to do?
- 16 Aug, 2011