White mold on crepe myrtle

Asked August 10, 2016, 4:41 PM EDT

• Crepe Myrtle, 4 years, about 6 feet tall • White mold and leave tears noted about one month ago. • What part of the plant is affected? - Leaves • Have symptoms progressed or changed? - Progressing weekly. • In full shade. • No soil problems. • No Pesticide and fertilizer applications

Charles County Maryland

1 Response

This is powdery mildew, which is a regular occurance for some plants in our area. The disease load varies from year to year, but it generally starts to occur during warm days and cool, humid nights.
Here is a page about it: http://www.extension.umd.edu/hgic/powdery-mildew-annuals-bulbs-groundcover-perennials-and-vines

Part of disease management is trying to keep up good airflow, and reduce the amount of time that leaves stay wet.
In this case, we really recommend either increasing sunlight to this area, or transplanting your crape myrtle to another part of your yard that has full sun. Crape myrtles need full sun to do their best, and often do not produce blooms without it.