Camellia scale

Asked August 5, 2016, 11:21 AM EDT

Is this soft scale on my camellia? And are there nontoxic ways to treat this? Shrub is >6ft tall. I am pesticide sensitive. Also The neighbor's adjacent hemlocks overhead are infested with woolly adelgid. Will they affect my camellia or adjacent rhodo or azalea? Thanks.

Montgomery County Maryland shrubs camellia

3 Responses

Although your photo is not in focus, it does not look like camellia soft scale. Try washing whatever it is off with a strong stream of water. The adelgid on the hemlocks will not affect camellias, rhododendrons or azaleas. vw

If not scale what is it? I hosed down foliage with strong water stream. Not as effective as tediously wiping off with a finger.
Attached are hopefully better pictures. More seen on branches than leaves.

With these photos we can tell that this is just the fuzz left over from an insect called a plant hopper who had been there earlier.
They are not a big deal and neither they or their residual fluff are anything to be concerned about. Here is a page about them: http://www.extension.umd.edu/hgic/planthoppers-flowers

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