Crate Myrtle diseased (possible fungus) #420067 - Ask Extension


Crate Myrtle diseased (possible fungus) #420067

Asked August 08, 2017, 5:01 PM EDT

Hello there! Firstly, let me say how grateful I am for all that you do for our community. I noticed a few weeks ago that my crate myrtle (which I planted in spring of 2016) started developing some white spots/scales on the branches. Some of the leaves have browned (not many) and it looks like there is some kind of a resin on the leaves as well. The flowers are in bloom, but are obviously being affected by whatever is attacking the plant. I'm wondering if it's a fungus of some kind and if so how I can treat it. I would hate to lose the plant. I have attached photos I took. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts as well as if you need further information. Thank you so very much! Cheers, Lesley Shollmier

Tulsa County Oklahoma

Expert Response

Hi Lesley, this is the crapemyrtle bark scale, an insect pest that is fairly new to Oklahoma. The following link will take you to a pest alert that explains the pest and how to best control it -

Good luck!
David Hillock Replied August 08, 2017, 5:21 PM EDT

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