Inkberry Brown

Asked April 8, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT

3 year old inkberry. 2 - 3 feet tall. Noticed brown leaves and some spots on leaves.Gets afternoon sun. Has been vibrant up until 2 weeks ago when the snow melted around it.Could this be leaf spot or anthracnose? Thank you.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

In general inkberry does not have many insect or disease problems. From your photo it looks like possible winter damage. Many broadleaf evergreens were subject to this because of our cold winter. There may be some minor dieback and browning foliage, but such damage can be pruned out. You could give the affected twigs the 'thumbnail' test, i.e., scratch off a small bit of bark and look at the underlying tissue. If it is brown, it is dead and can be pruned out. If it is green, simply remove any dead leaves and watch for new foliage to emerge. See our website on winter damage