azalea in kansas has black leaves and buds
The plant is new. We put it in a few weeks ago and the leaves are turning blackish and the new buds have black on them now. It is sitting in partial shade. Help, afraid it is dying.
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Given the presence of what I believe to be black sooty mold, I would inspect your azalea for an insect infestation by scale or aphids. More information on these pests and a recommended course of treatment can be found in the following articles:
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