Pyracantha yellowing

Robert Byrne asked 12 years ago

I have a well established Pyracantha hedge. Over the last year I have noticed that a portion of it has begun to yellow and it seems to be dying off a little. The leaves have what look like scorch marks. It is a south facing hedge so I thought it might be sun scorching but the problem only seems to be effecting one portion of the hedge. I have included a photo of the problem. It is probably worth mentioning that I took about two foot of the top of the hedge a few years back. Maybe it was damaged then.What is your opinion?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
If this is just one branch it is possible that the branch was damaged and dyig back, but it is very possibly fireblight disease which affects pyracantha severely and often kills it. It progresses over a period of a few years usually.

It is a notifiable disease to the Dept of Agriculture and affected plants are supposed to be burnt.

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