Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Botryosphaeria Dieback of Eugenia, Ligustrum, Oleander, Pittosporum, Viburnum ’Awabuki’ and Wax Myrtle

Eugenia (Syzgium paniculatum), Ligustrum (Ligustrum japonicum) , Oleander (Nerium oleander), Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira), Viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum ’Awabuki’) and wax myrtle
(Morella cerifera) are six ornamental plants common to South Florida landscapes. Dieback of these
plants are sometimes attributed to the fungus Botryosphaeria. Disease symptoms includes yellow, spotted and blighted leaves, dried leaves, defoliations, cankers, tip diebacks, branch diebacks, and often
death of the entire plant. Plants in a hedge row are often randomly affected with no discernable pattern.
Disease symptoms may be present at any time of the year.

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Stephen H. Brown, Horticulture Agent
Lee County Extension, Fort Myers, Florida
(239) 533-7513 brownsh@ufl.edu
Brown’s Webpage

Aaron Palmateer, Plant Pathologist
Tropical REC, Homestead, Florida ajp@ufl.edu
Palmateer's Webpage