Deadly Boxwood Blight Found in Indiana

Once a lab confirmed the disease, retailers were ordered to remove all boxwoods from their shelves for disposal.

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Boxwood Shrub

A dreaded, fast-killing fungus disease was discovered on boxwoods earlier this month in at least one big-box retailer in Indiana.

Boxwood blight starts out as rounded dark brown spots on the leaves. The evergreen shrub then quickly loses all of its leaves.

The shrubs were shipped from Oregon to 23 stores in Indiana in May, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. They were also shipped to 11 other states. Many of the boxwoods (Buxus spp.) were sold to consumers. The variety Graham Blandy seemed to be particularly affected.

Once a Purdue University lab confirmed the disease, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ordered the chain to remove all boxwoods from their shelves for disposal, and that the stores mitigate the area through disinfection to ensure that the pathogen is no longer present and able to infect further shipments of plants, the DNR report says.

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