How do I get rid of boxwood blight?

How do I get rid of boxwood blight?

How to Control Boxwood Blight

  1. Stay away from box and pachysandra plants when they are wet.
  2. Clean off the soles of your shoes before moving from one part of the garden to another.
  3. Disinfect your pruners between plants.
  4. Destroy or dispose of boxwood clippings.
  5. Avoid planting boxwoods in partly shaded areas.

What does blight look like on boxwoods?

The disease causes black spots to form on leaves, along with elongated black lesions on twigs and stems. Rapid defoliation (in a matter of weeks) soon follows the initial symptoms of infection. Circular leaf spots and twig lesions are early indicators of boxwood blight infection.

What causes blight on boxwood?

Boxwood blight is caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata (synonym: Cylindrocladium buxicola). This fungus produces resting propagules (microsclerotia) that enable it to survive long periods in the absence of a host plant and during extreme weather conditions.

How do you test for boxwood blight?

A key symptom that differentiates boxwood blight from other boxwood diseases is that narrow black streaks (cankers) develop on green stems (Figure 4). During periods of high humidity, white, fuzzy masses that consist of numerous clumps of spores will emerge from these black stem cankers (Figure 5).

Is box blight curable?

It is possible to treat box blight, although there is no guarantee of success. It may be better to destroy the affected plants if these are new and you already have established box hedges in your garden. if you do want to tackle the disease, try a combination of cultural and chemical treatments.

Do I have boxwood blight?

Discolored foliage and streaked stems are the first signs of boxwood blight. But boxwood shrubs with cold or drought damage, Volutella canker, or root rot also display similar symptoms.

Can box blight be cured?

What kills box blight?

Triticonazole (Fungus Clear Ultra) is labelled for control of other diseases on ornamentals and could therefore be used legally on box (at the owner’s risk) to try and control box blight. Tebuconazole is effective against both genetic types of Cylindrocladium.

What is the best treatment for box blight?

Using fungicides Bayer Fungus Fighter Plus and Bayer Fungus Fighter Concentrate have label recommendations for box blight and can be applied up to six times per year. If treatment is needed in spring, consider saving some applications in case it recurs in the autumn.

What are the first signs of box blight?


  • Leaves turn brown and fall, leading to bare patches.
  • Black streaks and dieback on young stems.
  • In wet conditions the white spore masses of the fungus may be seen on the undersurfaces of infected leaves (place leaves in a plastic bag with moist tissue for a few days to check).

Can you cut out box blight?

It is important to cut out infection when the disease strikes, even if it is not the normal time of year to trim box. However, if the plants are wet such as after rain, wait until conditions are dry before beginning cutting back, otherwise you risk spreading the disease further.

When did the Boxwood blight start in Georgia?

In July 2014, boxwood blight disease was confirmed in the Buckhead area of Georgia and additional samples of the disease have since been identified in other parts of the state.

How does Boxwood blight spread from person to person?

Boxwood Blight is a disease caused by the fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata. It was first discovered in Georgia in 2013. The fungus can be spread by numerous means including splashing from rain drops, contact with clothes, shoes, animals, and pruning equipment.

How did the box tree fungus get to Georgia?

It was first discovered in Georgia in 2013. The fungus can be spread by numerous means including splashing from rain drops, contact with clothes, shoes, animals, and pruning equipment. Using proper sanitation practices when working around boxwoods and proper disposal of infected plants is crucial to help prevent and control the spread of this pest.

Is there a quarantined program for boxwood blight?

Below are some are some examples of symptoms associated with Boxwood Blight. Boxwood Blight is not a quarantined pest; however, due to the threat of this disease, several nurseries have elected to participate in a voluntary compliance program that is administered by the GDA Plant Protection Section.