Fungus on laurel hedge

Asked May 12, 2020, 4:16 PM EDT

Hello, I found a fungus on my laurel hedge and wondered if you could help me identify it and figure out a way to get rid of it, assuming treatment is necessary. Thanks so much for your help!

Benton County Oregon

2 Responses

This is a type of wood decay fungus that is growing on dead or dying limbs. If you follow those limbs upward you'll likely notice that the foliage is affected too. It is not a contagious plant disease that will spread to healthy parts of the hedge-it just grows on dead tissue.

The only treatment would be to remove the affected limbs. This is optional and may be difficult if the hedge is tight growing. No fungicide treatment is warranted.

Hope this helps!

Wonderful news, Brooke! I'm glad we can avoid the fungicide route! Thanks for your time.