Beloved crape myrtle in nurseries now susceptible to bacterial leaf spot

10 julio 2014

Crape myrtle, an iconic tree in many yards around the country, has a new disease problem, researchers have found. Bacterial leaf spot doesn’t kill the ornamental tree, but creates spots on its leaves that eventually turn yellow and drop. The researchers say, for now, the disease affects only crape myrtle commercial producers and is spread by factors such as overhead irrigation systems and large numbers of plants kept in close quarters.