out ficus problem

Asked December 29, 2016, 2:15 PM EST

All our outdoor ficus look like they have some type of disease. They are curling and have dark brown/black spots on the leaves. I put a systemic disease control a couple months ago but has not seemed to do any good.

Los Angeles County California

1 Response

There is a good chance that your ficus is being afflicted by a new insect problem on ficus in California - the ficus eyespot midge. Go here for more information on this insect:

I am making this "educated guess" based on your photos that I enlarged on my computer screen - however, they were a bit fuzzy. I could be wrong on this diagnosis because I don't have the actual sample to look at. I suggest that you contact the LA County Extension office to see if you can bring a sample for confirmation/diagnosis:

UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: (626) 586-1971

Valerie Borel
Title: Horticulture and Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Specialty: Sustainability and fire-safe landscaping
University of California Cooperative Extension Los Angeles
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone: (626) 586-1986
Email: vtborel@ucanr.edu

Los Angeles Master Gardeners
(626) 586-1988