Time to vote! Choose your favorite images in our annual Photo Contest HERE

Tea Olive Osmanthus fragrans spots

Birmingham, AL

I received 2 tea olive trees today. 1 had spots all over it with a hard white crust on top. Could someone tell me what this is? I am afraid to plant it in case it spreads to my other 8 mature tea olives. It seems to be mostly affecting the bottom leaves so didn't know if it could have been caused from shipping.

Thumbnail by ltbulldog Thumbnail by ltbulldog Thumbnail by ltbulldog Thumbnail by ltbulldog
Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

I really do not know what is wrong. The white crusting makes me wonder if something like fertilizer was spilled on it and burnt it where it landed.

But the spots are reminiscent of fungal disease. Are there spots on the stems too?

Google Anthracnose on olive leaves and you will see similar spotting.

pictures
http://itp.lucidcentral.org/id/citrus/diseases/key/Diseases_of_Citrus/Media/Html/Anthracnose.htm
Here is an article on it.
https://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/11392/144648/pp386.pdf

If that did not scare you here is another article with similar spots.
http://www.sacvalleyorchards.com/olives/diseases-olives/new-olive-disease-in-california/

For sure I would not put it near your other trees. Some things are transferred by bug bites which can fly across the yard.

Can you return them? I sure would try.

Thumbnail by Kell Thumbnail by Kell
Birmingham, AL

Thank you so much! I will definitely return them and try to buy elsewhere.

Post a Reply to this Thread

Please or sign up to post.
BACK TO TOP