[NAFEX] King Red Russion Olive die back

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Wed May 28 22:44:14 EDT 2008


Lee, I am in southwestern PA.  I have wondered if it could be soil pH, our unusually mild winters, delayed cool springs for the die back years, etc.  A very pretty tree.   At the rate this is going, I will lose the tree in the next year or two.  Did you see large sections of deadwood on your die backs or did the whole tree fail at once.  Here I am seeing sections of the tree just fail to leaf out at all or start then fail.

This was my first attempt with russian olive and the tree really thrived for a few years.  I've had die back, die-out problems with goumi that live a couple of years, then start to leaf out in the spring, get hit with a cold spell and die.  I thought this was just bad luck for the goumi but now I am wondering if there is something about the biology of the Eleagnus that makes it sensitive to this.  For what its worth, I am also growing a number of autumn olives without issue.

Thanks for a great book, btw, much enjoyed.

Thanks for the response.

John

Lee Reich <garden at leereich.com> wrote:  I don't know where you are located but here in NY, at least, King Red has collapsed and died every time I tried it. I've heard similar reports from others here in the east. This would happen during its first season in the ground.

John, where are you located?



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On May 27, 2008, at 8:37 PM, John S wrote:

I have a King Red Russion Olive, probably 7 years old.  It grew rapidly during the first 3-4 years from about 3' to about 9'.  During the past 3 years it has experienced significant die back and is now about 4' tall.

I've seen Lee Reich's comment about die back in his book, but was wondering is anybody has further insight to offer.  There is no visible signs I can find of insect or disease.  Pruned dead wood shows nothing inside either.  Basically portions of the tree don't leaf out, or start to leaf out but don't make it past the big bud or very small leaf stage.

Any insight would be appreciated.  The tree has never bloomed.


       

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