Variegated Leaves?

finchJanuary 23, 2006

I have a Chandleri Elegans Variegated in the yard of a 40-year old house that I moved into a few months ago. It is blooming nicely, and generally looks in good health, but I noticed that some of the leaves have a bright yellow variegation, similar to that found on some house plants. It doesn't look like a typical nutrient deficiency (I have a degree in soil microbiology), but is more of an irregular blotchy pattern. Any suggestions as to what may cause this? Is it possibly a virus?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

This is common. Macoboy (1998) says

"Happily, virus diseases are not a worry. The only one of which I am aware is indeed often welcomed: it is responsible for creating the variegated versions of many red and pink camellias....The virus occasionally shows up in the leaves as yellow mottling, but it rarely affects more than a twig or two. The vigor of the plant won't be noticeably reduced unless practically every leaf comes mottled."

    Bookmark   January 23, 2006 at 9:28PM
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forrestal(Gulf Coast z8b)

Yes, and you might watch for any blooms on that limb to see if they produce a sport that is different from the others, you may have something interesting happen.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 12:10AM
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Thanks, that is good info. It is similar to the leaves on a Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus), and is here and there over the entire plant.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 9:42AM
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