Waxleaf Ligustrum (Japanese Privet) Turning Yellow


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I have a hedge of 43 waxleaf plants. Around 6 of those plants all next to each other haven't been doing too well within the past 2 months. Leaves started falling out and turning yellow with brown spots. Branches with no leaves easily break off. Could this be disease or just the 108° heat waves we've been having? What can I do to fix this?


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A sample of a "sick" plant. No brown spots yet.
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A sample of a healthy plant
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From the looks of the surrounding soil it appears that they need a long deep soaking
 
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Thanks Chuck. I'll deep water them tonight. Surrounding bushes though have the same soil and are fine.
 
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Don't know where you live, but here on Long Island there is a blight that is attacking boxwoods, and privets. Same symptoms you are describing.
 
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I just realized the only affected bushes are the ones in front of (and actually touching) a white wall as can be seen in the first picture. This might explain the sudden browning of the leaves within the past 7 days. However that doesn't explain the foliage thinning within the past 4 months. Here's a comparison of the same plant today and 7 days ago:
 

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