Posted: Yesterday at 16:29
Thanks H-C I suspected some sort of fungus.
I gave the whole area a 4" layer of rotted f/y manure in autumn, should I feed with something else too?
I've also noticed that my Elaeagnus Quicksilver (approx 10ft) that's next to it apart from the very top looks mostly dead. It also has split bark along the length of a main branch - is it likey the same fungus?
Last year from July to Dec we had almost no rain here, maybe that the drought has weakened the plants and allowed fungus to get hold