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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 19, 2015 1:18 PM CST
I have had this burning bush for a number of years. This fall it did not really look very good to me. This is what it looks like now. Does anyone know if it looks normal or if it looks like it is having a problem? I will edit and post pictures of it as it looked in the fall from my other computer.

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This was taken on 10/12/2014.
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Mar 19, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Both photos look very normal.

What do you see (that I don't) that raises concern?
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Mar 19, 2015 5:26 PM CST
Leftwood said:Both photos look very normal.

What do you see (that I don't) that raises concern?


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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 19, 2015 6:10 PM CST
The only thing I noticed is that the ends of the twigs on the fall picture look cut or chewed and missing a few leaves. Was it pruned (deer aren't supposed to like it)?
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 19, 2015 9:38 PM CST
Well, I just thought maybe it should be more red by October in the second picture. In the 1st picture, it looks like the ends of the branches are missing. I never really noticed before if it looked like this after it had lost it's leaves.

Thank you for setting my mind at ease, Chelle and Sue.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 20, 2015 5:27 AM CST
gardenglassgems said:Well, I just thought maybe it should be more red by October in the second picture. In the 1st picture, it looks like the ends of the branches are missing. I never really noticed before if it looked like this after it had lost it's leaves.


To me the ends of branches didn't look right in the second picture, the foliage one - I had to enlarge the picture to see it but it looks as though there aren't leaves right to the tips on some branches. That's why I asked if it had been pruned or eaten. It's not supposed to be attractive to deer, and they certainly don't bother it here while eating everything else! If it wasn't pruned, or eaten, then the lack of leaves at the ends might mean some branch die-back. They seem inclined to do that here in Zone 4. I just cut those branches back to where they still look healthy.

The fall colour in them around here last year was hit and miss. Some didn't turn any redder than yours, others did their usual thing. So there probably was some different local environmental factor here at least. In the bare branches picture it's hard to tell if there is a problem because of the "wings" on the branches, they make them look kind of stubby in any case. I do see a terminal bud on one of them though, not sure about others. You may find some branches don't leaf out right to the tips this year.

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PAgirl63
Mar 20, 2015 5:35 PM CST
The deer LOVE mine. Last spring I fenced in a few bushes (still quite small) just to give them a chance to grow. Not to change the subject, but the deer seem to like almost everything in my yard. Sighing!
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Mar 20, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Thanks Sue and Jane. I am now beginning to think it was deer last winter that munched on my Burning Bush. We have our side fenced in on 3 sides with the 4 rail wood fence. We have seen deer in the field around our house but never in our yard. But this winter, my husband looked out the bedroom window to the north and saw deer in the yard on the side and front side. I think they come into the yard at night in the darkness and munch away. Thanks for your help.
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