Why is my Aucuba losing leaves?

Answered by Robert Dupre

As an expert, I understand your concern about your Aucuba plant losing leaves. Aucuba is an evergreen plant, and it is normal for them to shed their older leaves during or after new growth in spring. This natural shedding process helps the plant make way for new, healthy leaves.

During the spring season, Aucuba plants typically produce new growth, which can put some stress on the older leaves. As a result, these older leaves may turn yellow and eventually drop off. This shedding process is part of the plant’s natural cycle and is nothing to be alarmed about.

It is important to note that if the leaf loss continues throughout the summer or if you notice yellowing of the younger upper leaves, it may indicate an issue with the plant’s root health. In such cases, it is worth investigating further to ensure the plant’s overall health and well-being.

To maintain the root health of your Aucuba, ensure that it is planted in well-draining soil and that it is not sitting in excessive moisture. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues that can cause leaf loss. Additionally, make sure the plant is receiving adequate sunlight or shade, depending on its specific requirements.

Personal experience: I have encountered situations where Aucuba plants have lost leaves due to root-related issues. In one instance, a plant was planted in heavy clay soil, which retained too much water, leading to root rot. After replanting it in well-draining soil and ensuring proper watering practices, the plant recovered and stopped losing leaves.

The leaf loss in your Aucuba plant is likely a natural process of shedding older leaves during or after new growth in spring. However, if the leaf loss persists throughout the summer or affects younger upper leaves, it may be a sign of root health issues. Proper care, such as well-draining soil and appropriate watering practices, can help maintain the overall health of your Aucuba plant.