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Pyracantha problems

Alan Jones asks:


Help! I've just inspected my 1yr old pyracantha plants that I have planted as a hedge and the leaves have all been stripped off leaving just the veins. The berries look withered also. What do you think is responsible please.


Sounds like some sort of foliage-feeding caterpillar damage, most likely tussock moth or fall web worms.

Some solutions without using pesticides would be to clip and dispose of infested foliage. Inspect the bark and scrape any egg masses into a bucket of soapy water and dispose of them. Provide proper fertilization and water, protect roots and trunks from damage, and prune trees properly when needed.

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