Strawberry Tree With Yellowing Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Oakland, CA
Question by sunsouders
May 15, 2001
I planted my Strawberry tree almost a year ago...some of the leaves have turned yellow...is this normal, or is there maybe a drainage problem?


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Answer from NGA
May 15, 2001

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 Yellowing leaves can indicate a nutritional deficiency, poor drainage, or natural shedding. Arbutus (strawberry tree) adapts to a wide range of soil types and exposure to sunshine but it needs regular, deep soaking during the growing season. It's an evergreen tree, but you should expect some of the older leaves to yellow and die, making room for healthy new growth. This renewal generally takes place in the spring. If your tree is otherwise healthy and growing well, I suspect yellowing of the older leaves is just part of the renewal process.

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