The Q&A Archives: Is my Viburnum dead?

Question: I have a Autumn Jazz Arrowhead Viburnum that is now about 6 feet tall and is 7 years old. I noticed last year holes in the leaves with small bugs also on the leaves. I sprayed the bush with something that i cannot remember what it was and the bugs died and the leaves were okay. This year, i seen the holes and bugs and kept forgetting to spray. Now the leaves are completley eaten up and are just a dryed out shell of a leave. Do you think my bush is dead and if not, what can i do to rivive it?

Answer: It would really help to collect a few of the bugs so they can be identified and you can use a product safe for your viburnum but death to the bugs. Collect them in a plastic baggie and take them to your cooperative extension office or well staffed nursery for positive identification. If your viburnum is otherwise healthy it should develop new leaves to replace those lost to the bug infestation. Give it a few weeks to recover. If you don't see any new growth in a few weeks, prune it back a little to encourage new growth. As long as the roots are healthy you should see healthy new stems and leaves later this summer. Hope so!

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