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Friday - September 14, 2012

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives, Shrubs
Title: Non-native photinias dying from Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I have some red tip potinias that are dying. The ends of the branches are dying and the leaves are turning brown, I don't think this is the fungus that affects most red tips, any clues?

ANSWER:

We have about 40 previous answers to questions on Photinia x fraseri (red-tip Photinia).

This one from San Antonio pretty much tells all we know about the plant.

 

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