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Honeysuckle Leaf Blight

Updated April 17, 2017

Fragrant honeysuckle blossoms signal the beginning of spring. The season also means the reawakening of the fungus that causes honeysuckle leaf blight, notes the Iowa State University Extension. Honeysuckle leaf blight is common in the northeastern and north central U.S. and affects most varieties of honeysuckle.

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Identification

The fungus Insolibasidium deformans causes honeysuckle leaf blight. The fungus is dormant throughout the winter, then strikes new leaves as they sprout. The disease can limit plant growth.

Features

Leaf blight turns leaves yellow. As the disease progresses, leaves turn brown, rot and then dry out. The leaves can roll up or twist and fall off. The fungus also deposits a white powder on the leaf's underside, states ForestPests.com.

Conditions

Honeysuckle leaf blight fungus thrives among plants that do not have adequate air circulation around them and where the humidity is high, notes the Iowa State University Extension.

Prevention

To reduce the risk of blight, don't plant honeysuckle bushes close together or prune existing bushes regularly. Cut back on watering in periods of high humidity or heavy rainfall.

Solution

If your honeysuckle plants are infected with leaf blight, prune the affected branches and dispose of the debris to deprive the fungus spores of a breeding ground. You can also apply a copper fungicide, such as Fore, if your plants are infected with leaf blight, suggests the Iowa State University Extension.

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About the Author

Cameron Delaney is a freelance writer for trade journals and websites and an editor of nonfiction books. As a journalist, Delaney worked for wire services, newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years. Delaney's degrees include a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State and a master's degree in liberal arts from University of Denver.

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