A: I have seen the mushrooms before at the bottom of deciduous trees, but it is most unusual to see them up one whole side of a palm. I sent the photo to the University… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
Q: My holly is covered with a black, flaky coating on the leaves and stems. What is wrong with these plants?
Q: I have holly bushes all around my house and they are all doing fine except in one area the holly is covered with a black, flaky coating on the leaves and stems. The area… Read More
A: This condition is the result of all the rain we have been receiving lately. What you have is a slime mold, Fuligo septica aptly named “dog vomit.” I hope none of you are eating… Read More
Q: My home backs up to a large natural area and I have seen a few of the small pine trees with large areas of an orange colored powder on some of the trunks or… Read More
Q: I have sent you pictures of something I found this morning on our cedar mulch in back of our house. I have never seen this before and would like to know what it is… Read More
A: The cause of the spots on the leaves is a fungus called Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn. The leaf spots are tan with alternating light and dark concentric rings. The spores of this fungus are… Read More
A: After looking at your leaves I determined the cause was fig rust, which is a fungus. The disease is first evident as small, angular, yellow-green flecks on the leaf. The spots do not become… Read More
A: Thanks for bringing me a sample of the problem. Managing the disease can be done but it will take some effort. Your shrub is called Pittosporum and there are several varieties of the plant… Read More
Q: The hickory trees in my yard and those around the neighborhood seem to be doing poorly. Some of the tops of the leaves are turning brown and the undersides have white spots. A: I… Read More
Q: Could you help me determine the name of the plant that just appeared in my garden one day in late summer?
Q: Could you help me determine the name of the plant that just appeared in my garden one day in late summer? It had interesting foliage so I let it grow. It may be an… Read More