Skip laurel losing leaves - Knowledgebase Question

W. Hempstead, Ne
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Question by vcinnamo
July 23, 2010
My skip laurels, in separate locations on my property, are both losing quite a few leaves. I don't remember seeing this in previous years (at least not to this extent). Any idea why?

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2010
Prunus laurocerasus schipkaenensis, or Skip Laurel, is one of the hardiest laurels around so I suspect the problem is weather related. Although these symptoms can be related to cultural conditions or possibly to a disease problem, if two plants in different landscape situations are exhibiting the same symptoms, I think it's weather related. Skip laurels are very sensitive to water stress issues and poorly draining soils. If you see no spotting on the leaves and no wilting stems the dropping foliage is probably nothing to worry about. You should see new leaves develop later in the season. Best wishes with your plants.

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