Posted: 14/01/2014 at 16:27
I know this thread is a bit old now, but was interested by what Verdun was saying about photinias being fussy and disease-prone.
I have a still very young and small (1.5ft, plants last year) Pink Marble, which was literally massacred by a pest in Spring - most of the lovely, tender pink leaves were eaten in a matter of days, in spite of attempts on my part to protect it. I tried using garlic spray to deter pests, as I don't like using chemicals, and although this works brilliantly on aphids etc, I suspect pests like caterpillars etc don't mind it.
Has anyone had the same experience or know what could have eaten it so?
I never saw what it was doing the damage, but am determined not to let the little b****rs do the same thing again this year - it really decimated the poor plant...