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Q.The new leaves on my Beauty Berry bush are curly and furled. Especially the tips of the new growth. Is it diseased?

Zone 30153 | janicecm added on June 1, 2019 | Answered

The leaves on my beauty berry are curly and furled, especially the tips of the new growth. This is its third year. Last year it was healthy. I pruned it down close to the ground in late fall. Is my Beauty Berry diseased? It had been unusually hot for spring in northwest Georgia but I’ve been watering.

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Answered on June 2, 2019

Curling leaves can be caused by many problems, including insect damage, disease, or even herbicides. There are several insect pests that cause leaves to curl when they suck plant juices of new or young leaves that are still growing. These include aphids, thrips, and whiteflies.
Do a good inspection of the plant and it's leaves; pests can be very difficult to see.
A pest issue is usually responds to a treatment with Neem Oil.


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