azalea - Knowledgebase Question

Bel Air, Ma
Question by kaugustine
November 19, 2009
Leaves are turning yellow - Just planted in the spring. Could it be a bug killing it or is this normal for azalea bushes?


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Answer from NGA
November 19, 2009

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If all the leaves are turning yellow and falling, you may have a deciduous rather than an evergreen azalea. This is the time of year when leaves fall. On the other hand, if you're sure you have an evergreen azalea, the yellowing leaves can indicate a root problem (saturated soils can suffocate roots). Insects generally chew on leaves and unless you see a huge population of insects on the undersides of the leaves, yellowing is probably not caused by insect pests. Hope this information helps you determine just what might be going on with your azalea!

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