Yellow leaves on Snow Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Honolulu, HI
Question by gregnella
February 16, 1998
My snow bush on the lower half has yellow leaves. The plant is about 3 ft tall. There is pleanty of new growth all over. Most of the day it is in indirect sunlight with shading. However, from about 10:30 am until 2:oo pm it gets direct sunlight. I am also concerned because I have noticed other snow bushes that have beautiful pinkish leaves and my snow bush does not have these.

Please let me know if I have it in the wrong sunlight and if there are more than one hybrid. I bought the plant because I admired the pinkish leaves but so far I have known.

Thank you. This is a great thing to be able to ask my questions via e-mail. I can hardly wait to get your catalog.


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Answer from NGA
February 16, 1998

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The pinkish color to your neighbor's snow bush leaves is probably due to better sun exposure. Snow bushes grow and flower best in full sun --- which is at least 6 hours a day even in Hawaii! When they don't get enough sun, the first leaves to yellow and drop are the lower ones. I'd suggest trying to prune other trees shading the sunbush or consdier moving the bush. If it has flower buds forming already, I'd wait until after flowering to move it.

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