One minute they’re growing really well, and then suddenly they’re gone.
I’ve spoken to many experts about this and I can’t get a straight answer…I get the feeling no one really knows why. It just seems to be a part of Australian natives.
And from experience it seems to be that once they start to go, they die quickly. It’s not like exotics where they might yellow a bit and struggle on, just waiting for a good feed and water. This can be tried with the natives, but rarely, in my experience, helps.
And, sometimes they will pull through. The Beaufortia pictured below is a good example. Growing so well, then suddenly over half of it drops dead. I’ve pruned out the dead and what’s left seems to be going OK for the time being. If it does pull through then what’s left should soon fill back out.