Camellia Leaf Damage

Asked April 15, 2020, 9:20 PM EDT

Attached is a photo of leaf damage on a white fall-blooming Camellia. The damage appears as several black spots on a half-dozen leaves. The Camellia was planted in August, watered through the fall and produced flowers. It is about 4-5 feet and otherwise looks fine. Can you identify the cause of the leaf damage and the necessary treatment? Also, the plant has not been fertilized this spring, does it need fertilization? Thank you! really appreciate your professional help.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This is a leaf spot disease, but nothing serious. Since it is only a half dozen, and it is on older leaves that may fall off naturally this year, we recommend that you simply pull off infected leaves. Dispose in the garbage, not the compost pile.

Do not irrigate overhead, as this encourages fungal leaf problems.