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I N S E C T S
Japanese beetle eats the leaves down to the main veins. Leaves at the top and south side of the plant are most often eaten and attacks can be quite sudden.
White-marked tussock moth is a fuzzy caterpillar with a yellow body and red head. The insect has black marks and four tufts of hair on its back. No chemical control is available.
D I S E A S E S
Leaf blotch causes diseased areas of variable size on the leaves. The diseased areas are at first discolored and water-soaked, later turning light reddish brown with bright yellow margins. If the entire leaf is affected it will dry, turn brown, and fall off. Leaf stalks may also be attacked. This disease looks very much like scorch. Rake up and destroy old leaves. No chemical control is available.
A leaf spot disease will cause small brown circular spots on the leaves. No chemical control is listed.
Powdery mildew covers the undersides of the leaves with white mold. Sprays of fungicide should bring the disease under control.
Anthracnose may infect terminal shoots several inches from the tip. The infected area is shrunken and the outer layers of tissue may be ruptured.
Leaf scorch is a physiological problem. The leaf margins turn brown then browning moves progressively inward between the veins. Eventually the entire leaf turns brown. The condition occurs in mid-summer. Keep the plant well watered during dry weather.