My Sweet Viburnum bloomed sweet flowers early Spring and now the leaves are looking shriveled. I have new growth that is healthy looking but the older leaves are shriveled although not brittle and dead…I pulled some off and I don’t see anything; they are green and soft-ish…..what could be causing this?
One of my neighbors also has a Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) with shriveled green leaves. I keep telling him I will look into it, so your post has been the prompting that I needed. (I’m not sure which Viburnum you mean by ‘Sweet Viburnum’ as there are several species that go by that name.) I believed in my neighbors case, the damage was caused by insects, although I couldn’t see anything; however now I am reconsidering. I am really stumped with this one, but I think it may be frost damage as it is only the first leaves to open that have been affected. Is this the case with yours as well?
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