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My privet topiary leaves have gone white

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 16:12

Privet are quite tough - I've seen them survive in areas of France where they get strong sunlight and little rain from time to time.  I really think that the problem in your case was one of acclimatisation.

However I do think that the main challenge you face is getting the watering right - I think you'll do right if you give them a watering can full each when the soil an inch below the surface is dry.  I've no idea how often that will be - and they will not get any benefit from rain because it will run off the leaves and not go into the pot.

ID please

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 15:34

Yes, it'll be birds. 

There's a lot of cherry-plums around here - they're lovely and make good jam or pie fillings if you can get enough - treat them like the French mirabelle plums. 

Rowan Tree

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 15:14

I've seen some wonderful autumn colour already this year - especially shades of red which seem more vivid this year than last, at least here in East Anglia.

If the tree appeared in normal health over the summer I wouldn't worry about it - just enjoy

My privet topiary leaves have gone white

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 15:10

Oooh, lovely part of the world - we spend most holidays in Cornwall and have done for years - we were your way last summer - on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor and about 10 days ago we were at St Agnes.   A regular and stalwart member of this forum is in West Cornwall and keeps us pretty well informed of the 'near tropical' climate he enjoys   and we visited gardening friends just southwest of Dartmoor en route to St Agnes and looked around their garden, so I'm pretty sure your tree's not been damaged by chilly winds, even if you're pretty high above sea level.

I think that prior to you buying your trees they'd been kept in a protected environment, perhaps a little shady, and then when you put them by your front door one of them in particular got so much sun that the tender leaves scorched. 

For some reason the other tree wasn't affected - either the growth on the second tree wasn't as tender, or it doesn't get as much sun as the other tree. 

What to do about it?  I would leave it for now - the scorched leaves will dry and fall off - it'll look horrid for a while but the tree itself hasn't been damaged and next spring it'll grow new shoots and leaves.  The tree will have been acclimatized to it's new home and the leaves will be tougher and shouldn't scorch in future. 

Hope that's helpful



Posted: 12/10/2015 at 13:58

I'm standing still waiting for everyone to catch up with me  


Thing is, I'm not sure that they're all going in my direction

My privet topiary leaves have gone white

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 13:56

I think that the tree had some soft new growth that has been scorched - either by sun or cold/salt winds.  Whereabouts are you?

My privet topiary leaves have gone white

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 13:06

Is the damaged tree the same on both sides, or does the side facing the corner look healthy?

My privet topiary leaves have gone white

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 12:19

Thanks Liz ... how long have you had the trees?

Do the leaves appear to be healthy but white, or are they going crisp and dead?


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 11:54

Under Gardener is out in the garden deconstructing raised beds (they're where the new flower bed is going to be dug when the tree has been felled), emptying tomato pots, and doing general lifting and tidying jobs - I'm instructing from the kitchen as I'm making tomato and chilli chutney (inspired by the lovely stuff given to us by Hosta's fab OH ).

We've just stopped for a coffee ........

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