More than one pathogen?

Asked September 11, 2020, 5:44 PM EDT

Is there more than one pathogen on this Viburnum Doublefile 'Summer Snowflake'?
Like fungus and mites? And maybe a stick caterpillar? (I saw one on the plant, but wasn't successful in taking a picture or capturing it!)

Genesee County Michigan

3 Responses

Hello,

Although Viburnum expert, Professor Emeritus Michael Dirr states that there are few insects and diseases that seriously affect Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum), environmental conditions may cause problems. It has been hot and dry at times during the summer. If a plant becomes stressed due to lack of water, it is susceptible to insects and disease that it would not normally affect it. Most plants require an inch of water a week and often, during the summer, one to two weeks went by with little or no rain and so plants needed supplemental water. As a result many diseases and insects may have attacked your viburnum. I’m attaching a bulletin from Clemson University which lists such diseases and insects and how to manage them.

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/viburnum-diseases-insect-pests/

This will help you treat the plant. Be sure to provide ample water to prepare it for the winter.

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