Pachysandra is dying

Asked April 19, 2017, 12:24 PM EDT

I have a large plot covered in Pachysandra which has been healthy for at least the last 18 years. Recently it has started turning yellow and then dying in spots and it seems to be spreading. Please advise course of action to correct the problem if possible. Thank you. Sincerely

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

When stressed by poor site conditions, poor soils, environmental issues, etc. plants can be susceptible to disease and insect problems.
Pachysandra can be subject to volutella, a fungal disease and euonymus scale, a sucking insect. Pachysandra grows best in moist well drained soils in partial to full shade. It will be stressed in sun.
See our website for photos and information on volutella http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/volutella-dieback-pachysandra-groundcover and euonymus scale. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/armored-scales-groundcovers
Send photos so we can see what you may be dealing with.
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