Return to the Garden Clinic Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Verticillium Wilt, Serviceberry & Pieris Japonica

Posted by joe11050 NY (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 1, 12 at 20:29

I lost a Japanese Maple due to verticillium wilt (we suspect, we didn't bother testing for confirmation). My plan is to replace the maple with one or two serviceberries; I read nice things about the Autumn Brilliance. The wikipedia entry on verticillium wilt lists serviceberry under both columns, some varieties susceptible, others not. Anyone know for sure whether Autumn Brilliance is resistent? Second, I can't find any info anywhere on whether pieris japonica is resistent or susceptible; anyone know?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Verticillium Wilt, Serviceberry & Pieris Japonica

Amelanchier (serviceberry) are definitely susceptible to verticillium wilt. I have not personally witnessed much of the acute symptoms on them (like on a sugar or japanese maple) where a whole limb or even whole tree dies suddenly. But I have seen on several varieties, including Autumn Brilliance, what I think is the more chronic symptom with yellowing and some marginal necrosis.

I am not suggesting that you shouldn't plant a serviceberry, but there is a small chance that you could experience a bit of a problem with one. I have an area in my yard where I lost 1 japanese maple (Beni Otake), and another (Sango Kaku) has suffered dieback from verticillium, but a Robin Hill serviceberry is thriving, as are several other hosts like redbud.

I have never witnessed verticillium on Pieris, nor noticed it in any susceptible lists.

RE: Verticillium Wilt, Serviceberry & Pieris Japonica

Thanks for sharing your experience. I may still go with the serviceberry, but do you have any suggestions for something better? It'll be in full sun until a newly planted sycamore 25-30 feet ENE grows up a bit. I'm looking at this size because of the sycamore to the ENE and a vegetable garden 25 feet to the west.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Garden Clinic Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here