Question: My rose-of-Sharon died very suddenly. I can see absolutely no signs of leaf diseases or insects. It’s just as dead as dead can be. What can I replant there?

Answer: That’s cotton root rot. Like so many other plants, althaeas are susceptible. Stands only to reason, too, since they’re closely related to cotton. Replant with hollies, junipers, nandinas or other resistant types.

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