The Q&A Archives: Yellowing and dropping leaves of Mr. Goldstrike Aucuba

Question: Leaves in the center of my 1-yr-old aucuba are yellowing completely and then dropping from the plant. The top of the shrub is fine. It gets shade, enough water. Is this normal growth or is something wrong? Thanks, Pat

Answer: Although evergreen, this plant will lose a few interior leaves as new growth comes on. This might be what is happening. However, if overwatered or planted in a poorly drained location, it might also be having some root rot or a related disease problem. Overwatering symptoms include leaf drop beginning at the bottom of the plant, and the diseases tend to appear in cases where the roots are having problems. I would strongly suggest you consult with your local county extension to obtain a firm diagnosis and based on knowing that, decide how to proceed. In the meantime, water -- only if needed -- to keep the soil slightly moist like a wrung out sponge, not saturated or sopping wet. To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp, do not water yet.

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