My Podocarpus Maki Plant Is Turning Brown At The Tips Of The Branches. I had the same problem and kind of figured out that I was not watering them enough. Golden larch.A beautiful and very hardy,slow-growing,deciduous,medium-sized tree of broadly conical habit.The long,larch-like,light green leaves,3-6cm long,turn clear golden yellow in autumn.Cones ripen the first year.On a large tree they stud the long,slender brsnches,resembling small,pale green artichokes,bloomy when young,reddish brown when ripe. According to this expert (i forget his name, but he is a gardening columnist for a newspaper), podocarpus are sensitive to too much water. They really like acidic soil. Podocarpus henkelii is one of the larger yellowwoods and can have a spread of 10 metres. I installed five Japanese Yews (Podocarpus) in the fall, November, of last year here in Austin TX. I planted 53 podocarpus gracilior 5 gallon plants roughly 5/6 feet tall about 3 weeks ago about 4 feet apart to create a 210 foot hedge. I had a grouping of 3 and this one was the only one affected. Unsightly gaps can form in the neat pyramid. 1). I have lost one plant to the same thing. I remember a few years back I had a 10ft Podocarpus tree that completely died the same way. only thin they are sensitive to is root rot. Was just told by a master gardener from the extension office to shut off that sprinkler zone, the only thing that needs to be watered regularly is grass. You'll notice the brown spots immediately if they appear on the glossy green leaves of your privet plant (Ligustrum spp.). This is a tough, adaptaâ¦ Entire leaves may curl and wither when leaf scorch is severe. I water my houses twice a week and run the drip line for 90 min. I planted 50-60 Podocarpus across the back of my yard after Wilma, over several weeks back in 2006. As regards supposed fertilizer needs, I would caution that much of this is pure guesswork, with a side of snake oil. They start by coming up beautifully but each one starts to develop brown edges around the bottom leaves. Using it as a blocking hedge - looks great, gets watered every other day, sometimes more. But, I started putting sand and rocks in the bottom of my newer ones for better drainage. Doing all of this we still lose an average of six plants per three hundred that are planted (7 gallon materials). Twigs striate, with a terminal bud 1.5-3 mm wide bearing triangular, slightly spreading scales. Why are my 20 healthy and green Arborvitae in spots, dying and turning brown ? We have recently received several samples in the Plant Disease Clinic from yews that are turning brown. Nothing has changes. It starts on one branch and spreads to the rest of the plant. 2 feet from the fence line and 4 feet on center. Timing. keep in mind you don't want to over water them if they don't have good drainage. Shrub or tree. minimum. Needles Turn Brown Branches Discolor Soil problems - If Yews are planted in boggy areas or subjected to very wet winters and springs their needles will turn brown. I have started several dahlia's inside to get a head start on this season. The other plants in the rest of the yard and nearby are fine. There's no lasting effect on the tree's health, but it won't look good. Be sure to wash your pruners afterwards. The hedge across the front of the house is mulched and only watered once a month if even that. try to keep the ph around 7 and they will make full use of the fertilizer. Can I use a copper fungicide or maybe an all natural three-in-one product they sell at HD? Now one of my remaining 2 is starting to do the same thing. Please tell me what is wrong with my... Q. Podocarpus As A Hedge - I am trying to find "Podocarpus" as a Hedge for a narrow area. I have since learned by reading that they prefer a more phosphorous based fertilizer. Each tree had a sprinkler head under it and were watered heavily twice a week. make sure the soil dry out before you water them. This indicates that the soil is too wet for these plants and the root system is starting to die back. In the end, the tree recovered for the most part though we still have an area that has not come back. But there are certain truths and tendencies which span the entire range of gardening/landscaping. It should be a crime to plant privet or japanese honeysuckle. 12 years ago. why are my potted pansies dying/leaves turning brown? Sorry to appear to tangent...but someone was advocating planting privet.Mike18carrera: Just that ligustrum (aka privet) is invasive as hell and invades and destroys woodlands by being spread by birds eating the berries. Why are my Wave Petunias turning brown and dying at the root? If fluctuating winter temperatures dulled your shrubs, wait to see if thereâs any new growth in spring. I planted a doz 3' tall podocarpuses on 3' centers as a windbreak hedge 4 mos ago and they were doing well. You can try to flush out the offending materials with water, but if you can gently lift the azalea to rinse the roots and replace the offending soil, that would be best. my bartlette pear trees leaves are turning yellow early with brown spots and some pears look like they are dying early? what causes Podocarpus leaves/branches to turn a rust colored brown We planted several podocarpus trees about 24 inches high. All I'm saying is, places that sell fertilizers are often full of bogus claims and half-truths when it comes to such. Does anyone know if this is due to overwatering? it is not like one â¦ I then replanted and lost that one as well. Good as a street or lawn tree, screen, or large shrub; limber enough to espalier. Bright green leaves 4 inches long, inches wide. ile-Marie Now the leaves are turning pale/white/dry, one is almost completely gone, and all are suffering the same condition. These hardy shrubs are tolerant of most soil types and they will be sure to bring colour to your garden all year round. When you're ready to trim your hedges, pick the right time of year to reduce the chances of them developing... Conifers.