Laurel: leaf diseases

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is generally considered a tough evergreen but its leaves can be affected by diseases such as powdery mildew, leaf spot fungi and bacterial shothole. Affected plants or hedges look unsightly.

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Laurel: powdery mildew

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Common name Powdery mildew, leaf spot fungi and bacterial shothole
Scientific name Podosphaera pannosa, Podosphaera tridactyla, Stigmina carpophila, Eupropolella britannica and Pseudomonas syringae
Plants affected Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus); most of the diseases also found on Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica)
Main causes Fungi and bacterium
Timing Spring to autumn

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