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Lonicera nitida- again

Hi Folks

I know there's been a similar question recently, but just wondering if views are still the same.  These lonicera hedges are well established but as I understand it, have been going like this since about March.  That would tie in with frost damage, but I've never seen it on Lonicera.  This is Winchester, so hardly the arctic!






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    The new looking wall behind it could be Leeching lime from the cement .

    Just one suggestion to investigate .

    • Thanks, but the wall's been there a while, and it's been fine until last winter.

      • PRO

        Fair point Tim .

        I am always suspicious as walls near roads seem to attract flytippers ,perhaps someone has tipped some chemical over the wall .

        We have LN hedges at home and they are very hardy , never had any disease .

        Looks more like pollution than disease .

        The only time I have seen such devestation is from tent caterpillar and they wiped out a large area of cotoneaster in about 48 hours .

  • Looks awful and a possible fire hazard even, to avoid ripping the lot out maybe plant some bits of the basic green Vinca Major within it, would rapidly scramble up the lonicera and across the died back areas, whilst allowing the living parts to grow through, blue flowers a bonus, just run hedge trimmer over it to maintain

  • Pretty certain thats down to the brief put profound frost period pre-xmas.All the local ones near me look identical-west Wales coastal area.Also bays were badly scorched,torquay palms heavily knocked back.Also I've seen a fair few Eucalyptus apparently completely killed,but some are starting to sprout slowly from the main trunk area.

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    Thats Lonicera pileata, thought it was impossible to kill it.

    I've seen damage like that from salt spreading but it would be around the outside of the planting.

  • Exactly the same near me in the midlands, i'd go with Andrew and say frost damage. Yesterday I had a closer look and could see regrowth sprouting from the stems underneath, so I just roughed up the dead stuff to let more light through for the regrowth. A bit of a feed would also help imo. It'll come back i reckon. 


    • Definitely frost related. - 15 we had this year and it was decimated. Signs of new growth in places but some have completely died.11957739297?profile=RESIZE_930x

  • Over the years I've seen this happen several times to these.If its a WICKEDLY extended winter with several frosty periods they will die down to base which then means clearing all the structure,which if you've spent time carving them into elaborate shapes is bloody annoying!Even then tho,they always regrow from the base area due to the structural bulk protecting the basal areas.The reason for them being slow to recover this season is just the massive moisture deficit we are all labouring under I reckon.

  • Thanks folks, and especially to Si Al for the photo.  Sounds like it should re-shoot, fingers crossed.  Now all I have to do is find time to cut it back!

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