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Laurel disease?


Does anyone recognise the problem with our laurel hedge - and how to treat it?




 Many thanks,




  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,968

    It might be tortrix moth caterpillars.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • It does only seem to affect part of the hedge (closest to the house) - how would we stop the caterpillars?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,789

    Is this an on-going problem or a one-off occurrence?

    I can't enlarge the photos for a good view but it doesn't look as though it just happened.

    I have laurel leaves that look like that. 



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    It's shot hole disease. Just cut back the affected parts there are no recognised treatments, it's a bacterial infection. Don't over prune it though.

  • It's been there for some time now (a few months).


    Will cut back affected leaves. Thanks for the advice

  • Abby2Abby2 Posts: 101

    No expert but looks like powdery mildew on your leaves? I also have some of this on my laurels and had assumed it was that as I have other plants affected.

    I would also say the holes are caterpillar damage rather than shothole simply because I had the same on my laurel last year and took in a leaf specimen to garden centre and they said it was that.

    Neither is serious in my understanding.



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Sorry Abby2, caterpillars, aren't active at this time of year, neither is the Vine weevil. Vine weevil grubs are active at this time of year but they are soil borne larvea. The other pest is the leaf mining moth, again, not active at this time of year.

    It's bacterial shot hole, and a minor winter infection.

  • Judith 5Judith 5 Posts: 108

    Agree with Dave, shot hole. I treat mine with Fungus Fighter.

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