Boxwood Blight Could Be on Holiday Greenery

— Written By Wendi Hartup

What should you do if you have boxwood greenery for the holidays? As a precaution, we are recommending the following:
(1) Inspect boxwood greenery for blight, and immediately discard suspicious material, including fallen leaves. 
(2) If there are boxwood shrubs in your landscape and if any boxwood greenery has been placed in an area where it is exposed to rainfall, relocate the greenery or bag and discard it. Do not handle the material when wet, because you could easily spread the spores.
(3) At the end of the holiday season, bag up all boxwood greenery and dispose of it in a landfill. Do not place it in the compost.
(4) Monitor nearby boxwood plantings for symptoms of the disease.

You can read more about Boxwood Blight below:

http://ncsupdicblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/pest-alert-boxwood-blight-on-holiday.html

Boxwood blight on tips from a holiday wreath. Photo by Matt Bertone, NCSU PDIC