Weird leaves on camellia

stacette(7b)May 16, 2005

I have a camellia that is 2 yrs old and it has the strangest leave. In a few places the leaves are extra think almost waxy,light green on the top and they are white on the underside. The underside almost looks like mold but nothing comes off in your hand when you rub the leaves?? What is going on? This is an unnamed cultivar.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Could it be leaf gall?

    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 6:22PM
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cckk(z7 GA)

This is similar to a problem I'm having with my camelias which I've been posting about this week. I just noticed today that the underside has turned white. And it's affecting a small amount of leaves.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 7:03PM
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jeff_al

i think dorie is correct. i have seen it on my camellias before but not as often as on the azaleas. it is not the same fungus, however, that attacks both plants, and can be controlled with fungicides. i usually hand-pick the galls and throw them in the garbage, not on the surrounding soil. they can mature and produce spores if you leave them in the area.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 10:33AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Attached is just one link which discusses leaf gall of Camellia. It is quite common in some years. Your good 'housekeeping' (IPM) practices now will reduce the chances of another infection next year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Camellia leaf gall

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 2:14PM
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stacette(7b)

Good news is it not serious and won't kill the plant....but it sure is ugly.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2005 at 3:25PM
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