Ask a Question forum: Well established Podocarpus browning heavily. why might this be?

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Jacksonville FL
Nov 21, 2017 9:24 PM CST
Do you have any thoughts on this. it is a established bush.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 21, 2017 11:37 PM CST

How long has it been in that location? Have you dug down to see if the root system is still getting water? It is in a very tight spot so roots become congested - water and nutrients down get to where they need to go.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Nov 22, 2017 4:24 AM CST
A little investigating of the plant(s) will help. Often Podocarpus are sold with multi plants growing close together for a quick thick looking shrub.
Looking closely at the base of the Podocarpus. Do you see multi trunks coming from the ground or do you see a single trunk. If multi trunks are found follow the trunks to see if the dead branches are from the same trunk.
I learned from experience that a problem often with the multi trunk Podocarpus plantings is often the survival of the stronger plant taking water and food from its competition.
No fear if you find this to be your case. It will take a some time but the survivor(s) will fill in the area left from the dead plant.
Keep in mind Podocarpus are really trees. Do you know the variety of Podocarpus you are growing? Some varieties grow very large and not well suited for tight spaces.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 23, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Looks to me like it's just been heavily trimmed.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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