honeysuckle problem

Asked May 5, 2017, 9:54 AM EDT

I have over 30 wild honeysuckles that have a growth on them around the flower. Last year I picked them all off but this year they are just covered. The plants are more than 70 years old and mean a great deal to me. How do I get rid of it. Thank you so much for any help.

Warren County Pennsylvania

1 Response

The plant is most likely a native rhododendron--they are beautiful so I can understand your desire to protect them. The plants have azalea leaf and flower gall. Control recommendations are to remove the galls by hand-picking and/or spray with Mancozeb as the flowers and leaves emerge. Mancozeb can be purchased at a local garden center--read and follow label directions!