Leaf damage to Honeyberry plants #764651 - Ask Extension


Leaf damage to Honeyberry plants #764651

Asked July 29, 2021, 2:58 PM EDT

Hello! It looks like something is munching on all my Honey berry plants. I only observe this type of damage on this crop, all plants (3) are in the same bed and are all affected. This year we actually got a decent amount of honey berries, as opposed to every previous year, and the leaf damage seems to have occurred after the fruiting period. It does look like the leaf damage is impacting the overall health of the plants at this point. If possible, I’d like to know what is doing this damage and what I should do about it. Thank you

Deschutes County Oregon

Expert Response

Hi Denise:

Haskap, also known as Honeyberries, do not have many pests.  Leaf damage is generally caused by  the leaf roller.  This does not look like leaf roller damage.  Leaf damage on the outer edges like this is usually caused by one of two pests.   Leafcutter bees, if the proportions are regular.  Irregular holes suggest grasshopper damage.  You may be seeing the damage this season because the heat and drought has diminished the grasshoppers regular food supply.  Keeping your Honeyberry plants healthy and stress free will help them fend off the damage done to the leaves.  I'm going to attach an article on Honeyberry care to ensure you're doing all the right things to keep them healthy.
Haskap In The Garden

Also an article on controlling grasshoppers in the garden and general landscape.

Grasshoppers Management Guide

Good luck,

Cristi Jones Replied July 30, 2021, 7:53 PM EDT

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