Is this 'black sooty mold' or 'tea scale'?
I'd love some help identifying what ails this camellia. It came with the house and is the first one I've ever owned.
I'm in the PNW, the 'tree' is about 12' tall and on the north side of the house. The leaves were in this condition when we got the house and was originally planted right up next to the house. After snow tipped it last year, we moved it @ 6' out from the house followed by a major pruning to open it up and cut out the majority of the unhealthy leaves. (We figured that it was 'sink or swim' time....) I was delighted to see new growth a little over a month later and hoped that a more open structure would eliminate whatever ailed it. Obviously not the case.......
So, perusing the archives here, I assume it's either black sooty mold or tea scale? How can I treat it? FYI no trees overhead, and the hydrangeas next to it looked wonderful last year.