The Q&A Archives: sparse leaves/growth on ligustrum

Question: 5 yr old ligustrum tree is not showing growth and leaves are sparse as compared to a much older one that is denser and greener which is only five feet away. What should I check?

Answer: Diane,

If the foliage is healthy (no leaf spot fungus) I would provide the plant with a little turf type fertlizer (about 1/2 cup in a 4ft. circle) and then water it in well. Lightly shear the plant to encourage regrowth and branching for denser growth.

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