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Buxus Blight

Buxus blight is a disease of boxwood (box) hedging plants. It causes dieback and browning off of leaves and shoots.

Identifying

Buxus blight (box blight) is a disease caused by the fungus Cylindrocladium buxicola. It has become common in the UK, Europe and in New Zealand.

Buxus blight causes dieback and browning off of leaves of boxwood, which drop off. Stems become bare and sometimes with dark streaks.

To help identify the disease, place a few leaves in a plastic bag with a moist tissue for a few days. If white spores form, it is box blight. Spore masses of volutella (a simlar dieback disease of box) will look pink.

Solving

Prevention

  • We advise using Buxus Blight Buster (or Thiram Fungus Control) to prevent spread of buxus blight
  • Sterilize garden implements when trimming the buxus.
  • Improve air flow around plants.
  • Clear up and burn or dispose of dead leaves and other material around affected plants.

Curative

If your buxus are already infected:

  • Prune out all badly infected limbs. Sterilise your prunning equipment with dilute bleach or meths between plants.
  • Clear away leaf litter from in and under the buxus.
  • Spray Buxus Blight Buster to the foliage and drench the roots using a watering can.
  • Alternatively success has been reported using PLANThealth Rose Force.

Did you know

Box blight is caused by two fungi - Cylindrocladium buxicola (UK), Cylindrocladium psuedonaviculatum (NZ) and Volutella buxi.

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