Dead Areas in 10 Year Old Boxwood

Asked May 5, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

Have 2 pyramidal boxwoods that are about 10 years old. One is still doing fine the other which is less than 10 feet from the other developed an area of dead leaves over the winter. I cut off the dead leaves to some green leaves that did not look very healthy. Those leaves are now dead. Approximately 30% of the shrub has this dead area. It is on the exposed side of the shrub. Will the dead area regrow or is this just going to be a dead area?

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

You are wise to remove dead and sick portions from boxwoods. Without more information we cannot say why those areas died. Boxwood can grow branches to fill in empty spaces where branches have been removed. It would be a good idea to keep an eye on your boxwoods to see if you can figure out why portions died. It could be voles, winter damage, a branch crack or an assortment of other things. Check out our boxwood publication that lists common boxwood problems and the way to control them. vw
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG52_IPM_Boxwood.pdf