dieback

noun
die·back | \ˈdī-ˌbak \

Definition of dieback 

: a condition in woody plants in which peripheral parts are killed (as by parasites)

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Cold Injury Freezing injury can cause death or dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The result is a generalized yellowing, lackluster growth and sometimes, even some shoot dieback. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 On sycamores, the disease often infects branches, causing girdling cankers and dieback. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Adults and nymphs suck plant juices, causing leaf and fruit distortion, wilting, stunting, and tip dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 Dispose of infected plants and when possible, use a 3-year rotation. Phytophthora Blight (Late Blight) Lilacs, rhododendrons, azaleas, and holly infected by Phytophthora fungi suffer dieback of shoots and develop stem cankers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Cold-injury symptoms may look like, or lead to the development of, cankers and diebacks. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Anthracnose produces dark blotches on canes and possibly sideshoot dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Vibrant Raspberries," 23 May 2017 Prolonged moisture and poor drainage can result in smaller leaves, dieback or limb drop, and susceptibility to root rots, mineral deficiencies or toxicities, wood-boring insects and other pests that eventually can kill plants. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Spray or drip irrigation: Which way is best for your garden?," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dieback

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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