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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
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QUESTION: Pittosporum branch dieback--What causes this?

ANSWER: This sounds like a lower fungal stem canker and/or a fungal crown rot. This is usually observable as an obvious blackened to gray discoloration in the lower stem or crown area. Infection damages the vascular tissue in that critical area, interfering with the movement of water to the upper portion of the plant, thereby causing limb and branch die back. If the entire crown is involved, the entire plant usually declines and dies. No realistic control other than to keep the plant non stressed and actively growing. Fungicides have not proven useful. Larry Barnes, Plant Pathologist, Texas A&M