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DISEASE ALERT: BOXWOOD BLIGHT

July 07, 2014

Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association

Boxwood Blight has been identified in two residential landscapes in the metro-Atlanta area this summer.

Last year, the disease was found in Birmingham.

While there is no known cure for Boxwood Blight, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Inspect new plants and cuttings
  • Isolate them for at least one month, longer if possible.
  • Avoid overhead watering.
  • Don't work with wet boxwood.
  • Never compost infected material.

If you see damaged boxwoods, take samples of the plant and submit to Dr. Kassie Conner with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for review. If samples cannot be taken, pictures can be taken to help identify the problem. 

Contact information for Dr. Conner:
Dr. Kassie Conner
ACES
Plant Diagnostic Lab
334-844-5507
connekn@auburn.edu
www.aces.edu/dept/plantdiagnosticlab/

Click here to visit AmericanHort's Boxwood Blight website.


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