Olive scab

This unsightly fungal disease causes leaf spotting and premature leaf loss that can reduce the vigour of the plant.

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Olive scab. Image: John Scrace

Quick facts

Common name: Olive scab, olive leaf spot, peacock spot, bird’s-eye spot
Scientific name: Venturia oleaginea
Plants affected: Olive
Main symptoms: Ring-like or solid circular leaf spots, leaf fall
Caused by: Fungus
Timing: Symptoms visible all year; spreads during spring and summer

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