The Q&A Archives: Purple Delight Lilac Hibiscus

Question: We bought two lilac hibiscus trees and planted them this summer in Austin, Texas. One did fairly well, the other died. We had to replace the dead one twice; now we have two that are alive, but one is not doing that well: whole branches of leaves die. We have not seen any insects or signs of them. Could this be a virus? How would one recognize a virus? How do we treat this if it is a virus? If it's something else?

Again, the other original tree, only 10 feet away, is doing fine.

Thank you for your help!

Answer: Toni,

It is probably not a virus. I suspect root problems such as a lack of water or soggy wet soil conditions. You might try contacting your Travis County Extension Office to see if they can assist further by having you bring in a sample or send a photo of the problem plant by e-mail.

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