Dying pachysandra

Asked April 26, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT

Hi I'm looking for advice on what do about dying pachysandra. I thought the dying batch around a large tree was due to dehydration at the end of last season, but it’s occurring in patches on our property as well as next door and across the street. One large patch looks great on one side and dead on other side. Is there a product that can save it? Will buying new plants to replace the dead ones work or will that die also? Thank you

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The fungal disease volutella is not uncommon in Maryland pachysandra beds, especially as they become older and hold more leaf litter and debris.
Here is our page on volutella dieback: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/volutella-dieback-pachysandra-groundcover

It is becoming more common, and plant pathologists are wondering it it could be related to our milder winters, which allows the pathogen to continue ravaging an area.
We'd recommend replanting the area with something else, particularly native plants which are better suited to grow well here with less difficulties.
This post from our blog will help: https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2019/05/06/my-pachysandra-is-dying-what-can-i-plant-in-its-place/