Holly leaf blight

Holly leaf blight is a disease that causes leaf fall and twig die-back in several holly species.

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Holly blight in hedges causes arches of defoliation.

Quick facts

Common name Holly leaf blight
Scientific name Phytophthora ilicis
Plants affected Ilex spp. (holly)
Main symptoms Black blotches on leaves, die-back of stems
Caused by Fungus-like (Oomycete) organism
Timing Winter, particularly after cool wet weather

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