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Month-by-month lists of common plant diseases, pests, and other problems you may encounter in North Carolina yards and gardens.

Back to BOLO list of months.

Turfgrasses

Fairy ring (all turfgrasses)

Microdochium patch (Kentucky bluegrass/bermudagrass)

Yellow patch (fescue/Kentucky bluegrass/ryegrass)

Woody Ornamentals

Multiple hosts: Cold injury (bark splitting), winter injury of evergreens, Phytophthora root rot, Armillaria root rot, Botryosphaeria canker/dieback, improper planting, sooty mold, sapsucker injury

Multiple shrub species: root-knot nematodes

Arborvitae: Phytophthora root rot, Armillaria root rot

Azalea: Phytophthora root rot, Armillaria root rot, Phomopsis dieback

Black cherry: black knot

Black gum: felt fungus (Septobasidium)

Boxwood: Phytophthora root rot, lesion nematodes

Camellia: camellia petal blight, ring spot & flower break

Cherry-laurel: shot-hole

English Ivy: anthracnose, bacterial leaf spot

Hollies: felt fungus (Septobasidium)

Indian hawthorn: Entomosporium leaf spot

Japanese holly: black root rot, Armillaria root rot

Junipers: Phytophthora root rot (except Eastern red cedar), Armillaria root rot

Leyland cypress: Phytophthora root rot, Armillaria root rot, Cypress (Seiridium) canker, Botryosphaeria canker/dieback, Passalora needle blight

Ligustrum (privet): Cercospora (Pseudocercospora) leaf spot

Magnolia, Southern: algal leaf spot

Oak: felt fungus (Septobasidium)

Rose: Armillaria root rot, common canker

Spruce: Stigmina needle blight

Herbaceous Ornamentals (Perennials, Bedding Plants)

Liriope: anthracnose on leaf tips, Fusarium crown rot

Pachysandra: Volutella blight

Pansy/viola: frost/freeze injury, nutrient deficiency, Botrytis blight, black root rot, Pythium root rot, Cercospora leaf spot

Fruits & Nuts

Blackberry: cane blight

Plum: black knot

Vegetables & Herbs

Cole crops: downy mildew, Sclerotinia white mold 

Arthropods Associated with Multiple Plants

Fall cankerworms (adults)

Bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis; bags often containing eggs)

Written By

Mike Munster, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike MunsterPlant Disease Diagnostician for Commercial Ornamentals Call Mike Email Mike Entomology & Plant Pathology
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 12 months ago
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