Arbutus unedo - strawberry arbutus problem

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by Rosita, Jan 31, 2022.

  1. Rosita

    Rosita Member

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    My strawberry arbutus started to develop black spots on the leaves in December. Many (most) of the leaves are now covered in black spots. It’s a 3 year old tree that is about 5 feet and was beautiful with tons of blossoms this fall that fed the hummingbirds this winter. Last spring it had a few leaves with these spots and I picked them off and it was fine all summer.
    My question: Do you think this tree will survive? If I were to try to pick off all the black leaves the tree would be bare. Should I just leave it and hope for the best or is it done for?
    I’ve attached a picture of one of the leaves.
    Thanks
     

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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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  3. Rosita

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    Thanks for the article Ron. It sounds like I should just wait and see what happens. If the leaves drop hopefully new ones will grow.
     

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