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Coral tree pest problem please help ID

Posted by steelplayer (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 15, 09 at 12:01

I have about six of these trees and one has little black specks with a white outline on the underside of the leaves. I am in San Diego. I hope the pic is good enough. Thanks for any help.


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RE: Coral tree pest problem please help ID

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 15, 09 at 14:51

Some of the whiteflies look similar. But too little detail to know for certain.

You'd be wise to verify with a knowledgeable source in your area.

You could secure it in a clear container -- perhaps self-closing plastic bag -- and take to a nearby large independent garden center or to your county's Extension Service office.

Here is a link that might be useful: your image


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RE: Coral tree pest problem please help ID

They do look like white fly pupae, but as jean says...there's just not enough detail in the image to tell for certain. Any chance of a close-up?


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RE: Coral tree pest problem please help ID

Rhizo I think you are absolutely right about this one. I went down the hill and looked at the condition again and there are a few adult white fies on the tree now. I will start by removing all of the affected leaves ( it is still a small tree ) and go from there. Thank you for the help here to both of you that responded. I hope I never have to post in this section of the forum again...not likely though.


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RE: Coral tree pest problem please help ID

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 17, 09 at 22:35

You don't need to remove the leaves, especially if it's a small tree. Instead, squish the critters.


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