Pests and Diseases forum: Damaged Lilac Bush

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kcb_pdx
Jul 14, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Greetings,

We have a Lilac bush that was damaged. It was stripped of most of its leaves and parts of the branches were left standing. There were few leaves left behind on the plant and on the ground.

The photo shows clipped branches and what appears to be branches chewed on by an animal. Does anyone have other ideas as to what may have happened to this plant?

If you need a photo to expand for clarity, please request and I will upload it to Dropbox and post the link.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 14, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Welcome! is the bush located anywhere that it could have been run over by a vehicle? Or do you live in a country/area where there are large animals loose?

kcb_pdx
Jul 14, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Hi Sooby,

We live out of Portland, Oregon in the hills. We have a Golden Retriever that has eaten grasses and from a few wild plants out behind the house. He has not eaten any ornamental plants from the planters.

We have elk and deer around, although, we have not seem them in the front yard. They are mainly in the pasture which is fenced off from the yards. A rabbit was seen hopping across the yard and under the deck a couple weeks ago. It was small and I have doubts that it could have reached to the upper branches. You see a segment from the bush. The bush had about ten stripped branches.

This bush was in an area that cannot be affected by passing vehicles, bicycles, etc.

Thanks for the welcome and response.

Ken
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Jul 14, 2016 2:55 PM CST
I don't have any other ideas, the deer around here don't bother lilac so I'm not sure what it could be. I was wondering if you were in a country that had some animal we don't have in North America but obviously that's not the problem. A picture of the whole victim might help or maybe someone else has an idea. We have a golden retriever too, he's teething at the moment but hasn't attacked any lilac bushes Hilarious!

kcb_pdx
Jul 24, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Sorry, the branches had been cut out before I could get a photo.

Is it possible that the branches identified as "chewed" in the first image could have been pruned? When the image is zoomed the branch looks like it has been partially crushed as if chewed. I tried clipping at an angle and could not really duplicate that cut with clippers.


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