Essex, United Kingdom
Ceanothus & Japanese Maple/Acer Problems
I've got a small ceanothus which I bought and planted in my border last year. It seemed to do well to begin with and really started to take off.
Since the autumn though some of the top branches have died off going very dry, while the rest of the plant looks ok. I've cut off the dead bits which means it's now about half the size it was. The bits that died off were quite random - perhaps the longer branches furthest from the roots? Is this likely to be lack of water of something more sinister?
The border that it is in is very sunny but has a rotting tree stump in it - not sure if this will have any impact on it? When I've had ceanothus in the past, they've been incredibly vigorous and easy to grow, so I'm surprised that this was is being a bit more tricky. It has a few small flowers on it but not many.
Is there anything that I should do with it or just leave it and water well?
I'm not sure which variety it is but it has quite small dark leaves, it could be skylark.
I've also got a red acer in the same bed which has been there a couple of years. The leaves on it seem to get scorched each year by the end of the summer (either that or lack of water?). it was looking very healthy with lots of new leaves but I just spotted today that all the new healthy leaves have wilted and it looks a bit sorry for itself. Is this likely to be frost? I can't believe it is lack of water this time given how much rain we've had recently! Any help gratefully received!
- 19 May, 2012