Photinia Woes - Knowledgebase Question

St. Helens, OR
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Question by rc10741
March 26, 2000
We have several photinia shrubs. They have all developed brown spots on the leaves and some of the leaves have fallen off and shrubs are not looking very healthy. Is this a fungus and if so what can we use to cure the problem?

Answer from NGA
March 26, 2000
Fraser photinia (Redtips) can be very susceptible to leaf spot which can kill the plants. This is a fungal disorder which enters the plant through young leaves. Prune off and destroy all affected leaves/branches. Pruning will encourage new growth towards the center of the plants, which will help make them look full and healthy. When the new red growth appears, spray with a fungicide. Apply per package directions until the foliage has matured. Be sure to spray ALL new leaves as they appear.

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