How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Common viruses

Four common viruses that distort or discolor foliage in landscape plants

Abutilon mosaic virus
Abutilon mosaic virus causes vein-limited yellow blotches on leaves of Chinese lantern or Chinese bellflower.

Camellia yellow mottle
Camellia yellow mottle virus causes an irregular yellow mottling of camellia leaves and a mottled whitish pattern in the blossoms.

Rose mosaic virus
Rose mosaic virus infection causes yellow to brownish lines, bands, rings, vein clearing or yellowing, oak-leaf patterns, or blotches on leaves, sometimes on only a portion of the plant.

Nandina virus
Nandina virus causes a mottled red discoloration of the new leaves of heavenly bamboo.


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