Dying potina shrubs

Asked October 26, 2019, 8:08 AM EDT

Hi I planted to patina shrubs about nine years ago about a year or two they started to have stains on the leaves now the shrubs are completely bare is all sticks should I remove them or is there anyway I can revive them

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Good Morning,

Unfortunately, many cultivars of Photinia are very susceptible to Entomosporium leaf spot disease. Affected leaves have spots that often coalesce into large spots and eventually cause the leaves to fall off. This disease can cause a slow decline (over a number of years) of Photinia shrubs as they lose more leaves, and eventually branches, each season like in the photos below. Based on your description, it sounds like you might to dealing with this disease.

Typically, the best approach is to remove them from the landscape and replace with other shrubs. You might consider some type of viburnum or if you want something evergreen, inkberry holly or wax myrtle. For other replacement shrub ideas, check out the Native Plant Center website below.