Extension agents warn that the deadly fungus could be spread by using boxwoods for Christmas decorations
By Christopher Brooke, Reporter
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm
Agriculture officials have warned nurseries not to spread the boxwood blight through the Christmas wreath trade.
A fungus that kills boxwoods was found in October 2011 at unidentified nursery businesses in North Carolina with fields in Virginia. That was a first in the region, according to a report from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
The fungal pathogen known as Cylindrocladium buxicola causes severe dieback and defoliation in boxwood leaves and branches.
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