Root and Crown Rots Of Laurel

Disease Information

Root and Crown Rots

Symptoms and damage

Phytophthora creates rot both at the top and the bottom of the laurel plant. This fungus travels through soil and infiltrates the plant through the root system. Over time, it can rot the roots away, starving the plant and necessitating its removal. However, before this happens the top of the laurel will start to drop leaves and branches.

Management

Make sure the crown of your shrub is thin enough to allow light into the bush and remove infected areas of the plant as soon as possible. If the plant continues to decline, remove it before other plants in the area contract the disease.

 



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