Why Are My Clusia Leaves Turning Yellow?

Clusia leaves can be a beautiful addition to any garden if they are green. However, many people have noticed that their clusia leaves have turned yellow and this is often a cause for concern. In the following article, we will explore why this has happened as well as what you can do about it!

Why Are My Clusia Leaves Turning Yellow?

Your clusia leaves are turning yellow because the plant has been overwatered, it hasn’t received enough light, or the environment is causing stress.

Let’s now explore the most common causes of yellowing leaves on a clusia and what you can do about them.

Yellow Clusia from Overwatering

Clusia plants are native to areas with hot, dry climates. As such they do not like having wet feet and will suffer if the soil is constantly moist or soggy.

If this is your situation, then you need to improve drainage around the plant by adding more coarse material at the bottom of planting holes so that excess water can flow away easily.

You should only water the plant when the top inch of the soil is dry. This will help to prevent your clusia leaves from turning yellow. You can test the soil by sticking your finger in to see if it is dry or not.

Alternatively, you can use a moisture meter to check the soil’s moisture levels. This is the most accurate way to know when to water your plant.

It’s important to act quickly if root rot is present. Start by removing any dying or dead roots and discarding them away from all plants to prevent infection. The next step is to re-pot your clusia into a new pot with fresh soil.

You should then treat your clusia with a fungicide to prevent secondary infections from occurring as well as provide nourishment for the regrowth of healthy roots.

Yellow Clusia Leaves due to Lack of Light

Clusia need at least six hours of sunlight each day to thrive, so you must place them in an area where they will receive plenty of light without any obstacles blocking the sun. The plant should be positioned at least four feet away from walls and fences to avoid casting a shadow over it.

If necessary, move or prune surrounding trees and shrubs so that there is nothing shading the plant during the summer months when it is in full growth.

Using grow lights is another solution if your clusia is indoors. They are cost-effective and easy to use, but you will need a grow light stand too. I use them for all of my indoor plants, especially during the winter months here in the UK.

When using grow lights, be careful not to place them too close to the plant. If you do, it could cause the leaves to burn and become brown – oops!

Yellow Clusia from Stress

Clusia are very sensitive to environmental stress. For example, they will struggle in areas that often experience extreme temperatures, such as winter lows of -20 degrees Celsius or summer highs above 35 degrees Celsius.

Also, the plant does not like being moved around at all and might show signs of distress if it is relocated suddenly after growing for several years in the same place.

Many plant owners make the mistake of repotting their stressed plant, which makes things worse.

If your clusia is in the correct spot and you have ruled out over-watering and lack of light, then it’s time to consider other possible causes for yellow leaves on a plant that are stressed from its environment.

In this case, check whether there has been any recent work done around the garden or area that could be having a negative effect on the plant. For example, construction work or even your neighbor’s DIY projects and activities can cause environmental stress which results in yellow clusia leaves too.

Clusia Leaves FAQs

Clusia plants aren’t the easiest to look after. As such, I will now discuss some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to yellowing leaves.

Should I cut yellow leaves off my clusia?

Yes, yellow leaves can be removed from a clusia plant by cutting them right down to the base of their stems. This will encourage new growth and give your plant an overall neat appearance for summertime.

Is it normal for my clusia to lose some of its lower leaves?

Yes, clusia naturally shed their lower leaves in springtime to make way for new growth. However, if the plant loses too many of its older leaves or you notice that other parts are turning yellow then it may be receiving inadequate light levels.

Will too little light cause my clusia to turn yellow?

Yes, clusia plants need at least six hours of indirect sun every day. If they are not receiving enough light, then their leaves will turn yellow and eventually drop off the plant completely.

Will too much water cause my clusia leaves to turn yellow?

Yes, clusia prefer their soil to be well-draining, so water them only when the top inch of soil is completely dry. This will prevent the roots from becoming waterlogged and rotting, which can cause yellow leaves too.

Will yellow clusia leaves turn green again?

No, it is very unlikely for yellow leaves to turn green again. The good news is that the plant will grow new green leaves as soon as it is placed in a suitable environment.


In conclusion, yellowing leaves on a clusia plant can be caused by many things, such as insufficient light levels and environmental stress.

However, if you follow this guide and make sure that the plant is in the best possible position for its location and needs, then hopefully it will recover soon enough.

Thank you for reading my blog post today about yellowing leaves! I hope that you found the information useful. If so, please share it with your friends on social media.

2 thoughts on “Why Are My Clusia Leaves Turning Yellow?”

  1. Thank you for your Clusia insight on yellowing leaves.
    I have a large hedge growing beautifully with the exception of 3-4 plants that are showing light yellowing.
    My side neighbor has used their back yard as their dumping ground.
    Their lawn is green on their side but I suspect that our Clusia may have their roots feeling the stress for whatever is down in the soil. Any recommendations on how to relieve the stress from these plants ?

    • I’m sorry to hear about the trouble with your Clusia plants. It’s frustrating when neighboring conditions impact our own gardens. To help alleviate the stress on your plants, I’d suggest first addressing any potential issues with soil quality. You could try adding a layer of organic mulch to help improve soil moisture retention and protect the roots. Additionally, consider installing a barrier, such as a root barrier, along the property line to prevent the roots from being affected by any contaminants from your neighbor’s yard. Regular watering and fertilizing can also support the health of your hedge. If the yellowing persists, it might be worth consulting with a local gardening expert or extension service to assess the situation further. Hopefully, with some care and attention, your Clusia will bounce back to full health soon.


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