my snow ball bush
(highland lakes NJ)
Was in full bloom last week with full foilage. Came to house this weekend it is dead. Did my neighbor poison it? If this is true can you tell me how I can figure this out?
Whoa, wait a minute before you start accusing someone of poisoning your plant! There are many other ways that plants can be killed off. If you're referring to Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' they are prone to a few problems. These include a susceptibility to certain fungal and bacterial issues, including the dreaded Phytopthera ramorum, which can kill full grown trees in 48 hours or less. Please don't start a feud over this with your neighbor - how would you feel if the death of your shrub was caused by something completely different. Intensive research is crucial to get all your ducks in a row.
You can ask a horticulturist or your local extension agent to visit, and see if there is anything tell tale that they can suggest as a cause of death, or if there is any hope of recovery.
Best of luck with this,