Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

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Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:25 pm



I have just begun to notice this splotching and beige discoloration of the leaves on both of my kingsvilles during the past couple of days.  Any advice regarding diagnosis and subsequent treatment will be greatly appreciated.  Many thanks!

Tom

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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  DougB on Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:15 pm

Tom that appears to be some sort of chemical over spray. Please tell us about anything you have sprayed either on or near and your watering habits. What about other trees close to these?

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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  Tom Simonyi on Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:42 pm

I'm I II'm I have been spraying with isopropyl alcohol to combat mealy bugs. Maybe this could be problematic. Thanks Doug!

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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  Norma on Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:02 pm

Hi Tom,  We are getting extreme heat in Minnesota and I've been very careful not to water foliage.  I would imagine the boxwood leaves are holding water on their leaves with the result of sun burns.  It would be helpful to move your boxwoods to shade or use small handheld watering cans to give moisture to just the soil.  You will have to move the boxwoods to shelter after a night rain.

Good luck,
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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  DougB on Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:07 pm

The sun burning wet leaves has been a commonly held belief and there is finally some research to put this myth to bed or does it. Here is some research that proves it is a myth. MYTH

But not so fast that was on smooth surface leaves. And here is some research on hairy leaves that proves it is NOT A MYTH.

So guys and gals based on this if the liquid drop is flat on the surface of the leaf then no burn. But if there are hairs that hold the drop above the leave then there will be some minor burning.

Please note that this is also true for human skin. Water on smooth skin - no burn, but if you are hairy then there will be some burning. (interesting)

just my 1.3 cents worth.

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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:06 pm

well now thats certainly a first... both the wife and i are correct !!! lol!

(i said no burn - she said burn...)

and as an aside, i had a knowledgeable friend tell me to keep my one lone boxwood in the shade regardless...
seems happy as can be under a 50% shade cloth

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Re: Kingsville boxwood leaf splotching and discoloration

Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:24 pm

My thanks to you all...

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