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Northwest new jersey
Aug 3, 2017 6:55 PM CST
I have a tea viburnum that's in its third growing season. It receives 9 hours a day of direct sun. The bottom older growth is healthy and laden with berries however the new growth top shoots the leaves curl and point downward. There is no evidence of disease. I'm afraid it can't handle all that sun. Should I transplant to where it's at least shaded from late day sun? I water it every other day when it's really hot like 90's otherwise I water weekly at the base in the morning for close to five minutes sometimes. It's mulched.
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Name: Sue
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Aug 3, 2017 8:26 PM CST
Is there any chance you could post a picture? Five minutes doesn't sound like very long but it depends on how the water is being delivered. Have you checked also that it is moist under the mulch when you water? Sometimes mulch can soak up the water and not much gets through it to the soil.

I'm not familiar with that viburnum but from this picture the leaves seem to point down so I wonder if it is normal for that species?
Northwest new jersey
Aug 4, 2017 4:09 AM CST
Thanks for your input. I will remove a little mulch from the base when I water but am also wondering is the leaf droop the nature of the plant. However from the picture you provided my leaf droop is much more severe. Will try and post picture later. Soil feels damp a few inches down.

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