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Repercussions of the rain…

Well, it looks like “the rain” had a negative impact after all…Chilopsis linearis Phyllosticta leaf spot (Phyllosticta erysiphoides) infection I noticed my desert willow trees (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’) were dropping leaves – upon closer inspection, I saw ugliness…Phyllosticta leaf spot :(  After researching, it appears both of my trees have Phyllosticta leaf spot (Phyllosticta erysiphoides) infection.Desert Willow infected leavesI am treating with neem oil every week or two on the foliage, and I also did a 1 time root drench.  I am not (and was not) watering the trees outside of the rain, and I cleaned up all of the infected leaves and bagged them for the trash.  From what I have read, they stand a good chance…but time will tell.

Does anyone have experience with this they care to share?  My trees are still blooming well (especially a week after the first treatment) and they are also putting on a lot of new growth.

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6 Comments

  1. Oh no! I don’t have desert willow but I do see so many around here that they must weather most of what is thrown at them.

    Hopefully someone will know more.

    • I am hoping so too! -xericstyle

  2. I do hope your treatment works. Good luck.

    • Me too Christina – thank you. I love the trees so much! -xericstyle

  3. Liz

    My desert willow, planted in 2009, dropped a ton of leaves from the lower branches a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t do anything to treat it. The leaf drop stopped after a few days (once it stopped raining all the time) and it’s already blooming again and putting on lots of new foliage. I’m sure your trees will be fine. Great blog. I’m in SA as well & have xeriscaped most of my yard. I don’t have a garden blog though.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing Liz – Mine are doing the same as far as blooming and new growth, so hopefully our trees will be A.O.K. :) -xericstyle

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