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Marylan
idreos
May 13, 2018 11:54 AM CST
I live in Maryland and for the second year in a row my cherry laurels are unhealthy exhibiting dying leaves.
Id like to save all six of them and would appreciate any suggestions as to what the likely problem might be.
Thanks for your help
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 14, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Prunus caroliniana? Not hardy north of Z7, so you are probably at the north edge of its' hardiness. This past harsh winter could be the main factor. Susceptible to gummosis. If you see any sticky, orange or brown stuff or holes in the trunk(s), that would probably be symptoms of gummosis.

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 14, 2018 8:08 AM CST
Cherry Laurel, that's interesting.
I have a bay Laurel, (bay leaf tree) leafs look same.
It does the same thing, this time of year. I believe that it's just shedding some older leaves.

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Name: tfc
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tx_flower_child
May 14, 2018 2:39 PM CST
Looks like my Carolina Cherry Laurel except mine is much older and thus bigger. That said, it seems to do what yours is doing. Almost every year. I've not done anything to remedy whatever causes it.

Not all that long ago I had a certified arborist over for one of my Red Oaks and also for my Magnolia. While we were talking I pointed out the leaves on the Carolina Cherry Laurel. He said it wasn't anything to worry about and to just let it be. So I did and it looks great.

Since your trees are probably 20 years younger than mine, plus you're in a different part of the country, they might need something but I don't know what. I just wanted to share my experience in case it might allay your fears.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 15, 2018 7:51 AM CST
Soon we will find out how old the 2 laurels are that are in front of our house when we count the rings after cutting them down. Both have gummosis, the expected cause of death for members of Prunus genus . They're at least 40 years old, possibly much older. Their shade will be missed for a few years but I'm looking forward to a deciduous replacement that won't drop so many seeds.
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