Burning Bush

Asked August 14, 2018, 8:50 AM EDT

I have 4 burning bush plants and only one is dying. Is there a known problem with these bushes in Northern Michigan.

Crawford County Michigan trees and shrubs

1 Response

Hello,

No, there is no new issue with burning bush. Has the problem bush been planted there long? Transplant shoke can affect one weaker shrub without affecting others.

There are common pests of burning bush and its relatives, scale insects, spider mites and euonymus webworm. You would see some symptoms of these on leaves and branches. Here are links with pictures on what these look like.

https://hort.uwex.edu/articles/euonymus-scale/

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/oystershell_scale_on_burning_bush

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/euonymus_webworm_causing_some_damage_to_burning_bush_around_grand_rapids_mi

https://hnr.k-state.edu/extension/info-center/common-pest-problems/common-pest-problem-new/burning-bush-spider-mites.pdf

Otherwise, root zone issues ( rotting roots, too wet, compacted soil, crowded roots, rodents chewing stems at the base are some issues); and lack of water can cause one shrub to die. You can attach a picture of the shrub, a close up of the dying branch, a picture of the back of some leaves to this questions and we will take a look. Thank you.