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DETAILS ON INFECTED BOXWOODS RELEASED

March 04, 2015

Mary Johnson

Boxwood Blight causes defoliation in the plant.

Boxwood Blight, an incurable fungus, was recently detected in Alabama at Lowe’s Garden Centers in Anniston, Cullman, Decatur, Florence, Fultondale, Graysville, Guntersville, Troy and Trussville. The infected plants were Dwarf English Boxwoods from Scappoose, Oregon.

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) and Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) recently released details following a statewide survey conducted after the disease was detected.

ADAI is destroying the infected plants. However, some plants had already been sold to the public.

ADAI and ACES are urging consumers who purchased boxwoods in the past six months to check plants for symptoms of Boxwood Blight. Those include leaf spots, black stem lesions and defoliation.

If Boxwood Blight is suspected, consumers should:

  • Collect a sample from the plant.
    •  Small plants can be completely removed and placed in a sealed bag for transport to the lab.
    • For larger plants, cut several limbs showing symptoms and place in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Take or mail sample to the Plant Diagnostic Lab at Auburn University  or in Birmingham
  • Include the appropriate submission form and include an address for where the plants are growing and the store where the plants were purchased.
  • Lab results may take up to two weeks.

 

For more information, contact Kassie Conner at (334) 844-5507 or Jim Jacobi at (205) 879-6964 extension 19.


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