Asked April 15, 2021, 12:18 PM EDT
We purchased about 20 Pacific wax myrtle (native to the PNW) to use as a hedge and the ones that were planted in the fall became infected with some sort of disease. I think it might be the fungus-like organism Phytophthora taxon morella (https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-disease/california-wax-myrtle-morella-californica-leaf-blight) but I was hoping to get an expert opinion. We spent a ton of money on the plants and I want to prevent or at least inhibit future infections - for example, knowing whether fungicide is the best course of action. I attached several pictures. I also wanted an opinion as to whether the shrub will die if all of its leaves became infected, or if there's still a chance it will recover. Thanks!
Washington County Oregon