Christmas holly issues

judyallen123March 25, 2014

My Christmas holly has tiny white spots and several browning leaves. We had a tough winter here in north Texas but since I just planted it in late October I'm hoping its going to make it. Any ideas?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

look close.. are the white spots actually bugs???

compare at link

cold is going to be the default answer for the browning... perhaps complicated by transplant stress ...

but lets start with the white stuff

take a leaf to a good nursery.. if we cant ID it ....


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 11:38AM
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It looks a lot like a holly leaf spot, Cylindrocladium sp. This is a common Ilex ailment in the southeast or where temperatures can get warm, there is high humidity or excessive water on the foliage. If so, this is a fungal pathogen so can be controlled with fungicides but can also be addressed by pruning back the plant. Be sure to collect and discard any fallen leaves.

It is also possible that this is a physiological leaf spot, common on a whole host of broadleaved evergreen shrubs and is environmentally related. Heavy hail could certainly produce such an appearance.

Here is a link that might be useful: holly issues, including Cylindrocladium

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 4:49PM
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Definitely not bugs on leaves. I will have a leaf analyzed and see if it is a fungus problem. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 6:08PM
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