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Jun 4, 2018 12:19 PM CST
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South west england
Hi. We have a large bush that creates a privacy screen for our garden. It seems to be dying, the leaves are turning brown and crispy and it looks like something has been eating it! Can anyone tell me what the plant is, what is killing it & if there is any way of saving it?!
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Jun 4, 2018 4:43 PM CST
Name: Virginia

I can't tell what kind of plant you have from those photos. A whole-plant photo might be more useful for a plant ID.

Has anything changed that could be affecting the health of the plant? Such as more light from a recently removed tree or less light from an overgrown tree, or has a neighbor sprayed herbicide nearby? The only obvious damage I can see seems to be insect-related, but usually pests are only able to get that troublesome when the plant is stressed or unhealthy for some reason.

As for the plant damage, those are good photos but I don't know what kinds of insect pests you have in England... sawfly, perhaps? Is there a source for free gardening advice that might be more local to you?

Good luck,
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Jun 5, 2018 5:12 AM CST
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South west england
Thanks for your response. I will try to find a UK forum. The plant is alongside a road & sidewalk. No recent changes.i did notice an identical plant with exactly the same problem about 3 streets away yesterday!
Jun 5, 2018 5:26 AM CST
Name: Sue
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There is a plant identification (Plant ID) forum here on this site, your thread could be moved there using the "Suggest a Change" option under the latest post in the thread. Identifying the plant is the first step in identifying a problem if there isn't an obvious culprit.

If you do find you need to ask on a UK forum, the RHS has online forums and you do not have to be an RHS member to participate. If you are an RHS member, you can send their diagostic service the pictures of your problem plant and they will tell you what they think it is.

One thing you could do for here is shake a branch over a piece of white paper and see if any insects fall onto it, which makes them easier to see.
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