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Fungal disease Laurel

Hi. And HELP. I have a portugese laurel. Upon pruning it I came across a fungus ( I think). It is white and a bit hard or dry. Is this the end of my laurel? Should I despair and/or cut it down or will it be sufficient to cut off the branches (2) that are infected?imageimage

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    The vast majority of fungi only grow on dead wood so the chances are the heartwood of the affected branches is already rotten, perhaps due to water ingress into a previously damaged area or joint.  If you cut it back into healthy wood (which isn't stained - you can tell when you cut it), it should survive.  The good news is that laurel regenerates rapidly and you can cut them back almost to the ground and they will grow again. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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