Everything was going great!
Then I got the great idea in early May to remove the two wooden stakes holding it up, because surely 2 months is long enough for it to have grown roots that will stabilize it, right? Clearly common sense is not one of my strong points.
That weekend was very windy, and the viburnum kept toppling over again and again. During one of the times when I was trying to right it, I noticed all sorts of fuzzy white things on the undersides of the leaves. Then I noticed some little bugs in the crooks of the branches.
|See the fuzzy white thing on the leaf?|
Some internet sleuthing made me think they were mealybugs (though in hindsight, I'm not so sure). When they didn't budge after spraying them with water, I did something I never do. I bought and used pesticide.
That didn't go over so well. The fuzzy white cocoon-type things are still there. And now it looks like the entire viburnum is dead.
|Dead. Or just hibernating in June.|
However, from what I've read, mealybugs may cause the leaves to wither but not necessarily kill the shrub, so I don't know what's going on. Did I underwater? Is it bugs? Was it the pesticides? Is it really dead or just not looking so good?
No matter what caused the current situation, I have an 8-foot-tall dead-looking shrub in my yard. And here is where I turn to you, internet readers. What would you do?
To help, I'm including some pictures of how it looks in the context of everything else around it:
|From backyard looking toward front: L-R - 2-year-old Eastern redbud, possibly dead viburnum, and dwarf lilac on the far right|
|Opposite view. Eastern redbud in foreground, possibly dead viburnum in middle of photo.|
Your choices are:
a) Keep the shrub and hope it comes back to life next year
b) Remove the viburnum and plant something else in its place (if so, suggestions?)
c) Treat it somehow - it just needs some TLC!
d) Other - Insert your suggestion here