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Texas Gardening: Crepe Myrtle Leaves Turning Black!

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SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9223659

My 6 yr old crepe myrtle's leaves are turning Black. Upon close inspection, the leaves are covered with aphids, and the bark is beginning to peel.

What should I do to save my tree? It's about 9-11 ft tall , so I can get into the branches to spray it if advised.


Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9223742

The aphids are secreting honeydew which makes it very easy for black sooty mold to grow. It won't harm the tree but it indeed looks ugly. Spray with a soapy solution to rid the aphids and mold or you can try a hard spray to knock the mold off.

Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

July 30, 2012
9:56 PM

Post #9224436

Or see if you can buya bag of Ladybugs at your local nursery, they would love a good meal!
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2012
12:35 AM

Post #9224460

Hi. I posted something that was an error so I deleted it.

This message was edited Jul 31, 2012 2:42 AM


SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9224758

Thanks, guys!

I think you're correct and what I'm seeing on the leaves is indeed a black, sooty mold. That gives me good hope I can correct this situation.

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