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I have a little red robin, been in garden for about a month and the leaves are starting to fall off, am I unwatering or overwatering.
Thank you for your advice.

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  • Posted: Sun. 28th July 2013 18:23

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Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

If they are turning yellow and falling, could be over-watering, best method to find out is dig around the plant and see if it is wet.

  • Posted: Sun. 28th July 2013 20:02

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Reply from Roy Warrender

Hi I have what I thought was a Photina Red Robin, at the front of my new bungalow, last week it was great it had bronze / green leaves , now it has shed all of its leaves, am I wrong in my identification or have I got a problem, I thought Red Robin was Evergreen
Roy

  • Posted: Wed. 18th December 2013 11:51

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Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

It is evergreen, photinia has a leaf blight of some sort, but it loses its old leaves in early spring while it is getting new ones, take a look and see if the fallen leaves have spots on them.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th December 2013 14:26

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Reply from Roy Warrender

Hi Elaine
Sorry no leaves to look at wind has completely cleared them
the leaves dropped all over night about a week ago after the first frost,
sad really as it looked such a nice bush when I first moved in 4 weeks ago
I was wondering if it was some other bush and maybe I had miss identified it
Roy

  • Posted: Wed. 18th December 2013 18:10

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Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

Wait till spring just so you see some life, if it is something other than a photinia.

  • Posted: Wed. 18th December 2013 18:52

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Reply from Roy Warrender

will do thanks

  • Posted: Wed. 18th December 2013 23:36

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Reply from Roy Warrender

Hi it has been suggested that it maybe a deciduous Berberis

Roy

  • Posted: Fri. 20th December 2013 10:21

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Reply from Gremlin

Hi Roy,
All the Photinias I know have beautiful red leaves and shoots when they are young. Photinia leaves are glossy, thick and bright green (except for the young ones). The leaves are usually 4-5" long x 1.5-2" wide. Berberis leaves are usually small. I am wondering if it is one of the Magnolia family.

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd January 2014 17:15

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Reply from Roy Warrender

Hi
When I moved in the plant had red / bronze leaves very much like the photinia that was in the garden of my last home, guess I will have to wait until spring, one of the ladies on the site has suggested that it may be a miniature flowering cherry, its shape is very much like a tree single trunk and round top about 4 ft high. the flowering cherry In my last garden was about 15 ft

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd January 2014 21:48

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Reply from Roy Warrender

further to last years discussions, I believe we have identified the bush as
Cotinus coggygria Smoking Bush "Dusky Maiden",
its now covered with Ruby leaves, just waiting for the flowers to mature

Roy

  • Posted: Thu. 22nd May 2014 12:47

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Reply from Gremlin

Hi Roy,
I bet you're really pleased you waited. I once transplanted an Elaeagnus in very early spring, it looked dead for the whole of the year. The following spring it burst into life.
If your Cotinus is too big, or straggly it can be hard pruned next year, just before the leaf buds open. If you want to keep it smart and don't want the flowers you can keep it trimmed at anytime. I prefer to use secateurs but a hedge cutter can be used. I have the job of keeping one of my client's Cotinus as a hedge and I prune it every 4-6 weeks to keep it tidy, consequently it is very compact shrub but it never flowers.

  • Posted: Thu. 22nd May 2014 18:55