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Magnolia > Trunk/branches > Dead or dying twigs and branches

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Verticillium wilt
Verticillium spp.

  • Leaves are small and yellowed in chronic infections
  • Leaves wilt, eventually turn brown and die in severe infections
  • Leaf symptoms are often seen on only one or a few random branches in the canopy
  • Dark olive to gray streaks are often visible in the sapwood if the bark is peeled back, appearing as rings or arcs in a cross section
  • Symptoms may develop over a single season, or over several years
  • More information on Verticillium wilt
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Magnolia scale
Neolecanium cornuparvum

  • Yellow leaves may die and drop prematurely
  • Dead twigs and reduced growth with heavy infestations
  • Excrete honeydew, a sticky, shiny material on leaves and branches; sooty mold may also occur on honeydew
  • Adults almost ½ inch long with whitish, waxy coating that wears off with age
  • More information on Magnolia scale

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