Ivory Jade Euonymus - Knowledgebase Question

McHenry, Il
Question by kbgirard
April 12, 2010
I have four ivory jade euonymus that are a few years old. Some of them have part of their branches going dead. Should they be cut or treated with something?

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2010


Ivory jade euonymus is also called wintercreeper and it is susceptible to scale insects. These pests can suck the juices out of the tissues and cause branches to die back. It's difficult to control scale insects but you can try treating your plants with horticultural oil. Check to make sure that's what's causing the dieback. Scale insects look like hard bumps on the stems and the crawlers will be on the undersides of the leaves. If you find no scale insects the dieback might be caused by root rot. Prune off the dead branches and dig around beneath the plant to inspect the roots. Mushy or foul smelling roots indicate root rot due to poorly draining soils. Hope this helps you determine just what might be going on with your euonymus.

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