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Whitinsville MA
Newbie
May 7, 2017 7:51 AM CST
I live in Massachusetts and my paniculata hydrangea has started to bud but the entire bottom is bare. Any idea what is going on?

I have a shrub next to it (possibly Enkianthus) that has black on the trunk. Not sure if it might be related and what to do about that problem. I'm wondering if we just need to pull it up.

I've been googling for ages and I'm still clueless. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
May 7, 2017 7:57 AM CST
It looks like it just needs to be pruned
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
May 7, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Shrub next to hydrangea - are you sure that it's not a Pieris japonica?
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Bonehead
May 7, 2017 8:32 AM CST
I would cut all the dead stuff off to tidy it up and perhaps remove any bugs/disease that might be lurking.
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Whitinsville MA
Newbie
May 7, 2017 9:08 AM CST
I think shadegardner is right and the second shrub is actually Pieris japonica
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 7, 2017 9:40 AM CST
Might be optical allusion but it looks like the hydrangea is planted high.
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Whitinsville MA
Newbie
May 7, 2017 9:47 AM CST
The hydrangea has been there a very long time from what I can tell. It's been blooming beautifully for the past 3 years we have lived here. I'm just worried it is dying now. Here are the two plants next to each other.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
May 7, 2017 9:54 AM CST
The Pieris looks about what I'd expect coming out of winter but I can't wrap my head around the hydrangea.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Whitinsville MA
Newbie
May 7, 2017 12:43 PM CST
The hydrangea has been there a very long time from what I can tell. It's been blooming beautifully for the past 3 years we have lived here. I'm just worried it is dying now. Here are the two plants next to each other.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 7, 2017 12:52 PM CST
A paniculata can be cut close to the ground in late winter or early spring, I do not believe its dying, just think it needs to be cleaned up.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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