plant die off - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by npumphrey
January 17, 2011
I planted Wax Myrtle and both have now died. Could it have been too hot? I live near Austin and planted them under a Hackberry tree.

Answer from NGA
January 17, 2011
Wax myrtle will grow in the Austin area but it is a heavy water user. I think the problem may have been that the hackberry tree competed with the roots of the wax myrtles for moisture and nutrients. Anytime a shrub is planted beneath an established tree there will be root competition and because the hackberry has a larger root system, it will win the battle. I'd plant again, this time a little further away from the hackberry. Best wishes with your landscape.

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