Hi, My question is about my currant bush. It's about 5 years old and looked...

Asked July 25, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

Hi, My question is about my currant bush. It's about 5 years old and looked really healthy last week - we got a great harvest. I went away for a few days and roughly 1/3 of the stems have all of the leaves dead. Is it cane blight? Anthracnose? I am concerned because I also have jostaberry and gooseberry in my yard and am worried that this is airborne. What should I do with it? I am not averse to removing the hole thing if it will keep it from spreading to other shrubs. I have more pictures of the shrub in various stages of leaf dieback if you want them.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

It does appear to be Anthracnose probably due to our wet and cool spring. If so it will not travel to your other plants.Check
http://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/blackcurrants/blackcurrant-pest.php for more information on currents.