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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
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.

Thanks!

Linda
hcmcdole
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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sooty_mold

sweetmommy
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!
steadycam3
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

Gymgirl

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

July 31, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9224758

Thanks, guys!

hcmcdole,
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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