I have a Leptospermum, ‘Cotton Candy’ I think was the variety, which appears to be drying out /dying. The leaves are browning off and fall off when touched. Everything else around it in the garden is doing fine, so I don’t think it’s owing to a lack of water. There is no obvious mould or anything like that on the branches/leaves. I planted it about two years ago, it has grown to about five feet tall, and has flowered beautifully.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Hi Gordon, For some reason the plant has died. The symptoms would indicate that it is something that has happened to the plant fairly rapidly, possibly it was sprayed, either directly or indirectly with a weed killer? The plant got damaged somehow (dogs?) or other mechanical damage to the plant. Sometimes a Leptospernum can just up and die for no reason, although not normally within such relative timeframe. I would suggest you dig it up this way you will be able to investigate if there was a root problem (not that you will be able to rescue it.

Thanks the Palmers Team

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