CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- Scientists say a fungus found in Chesterfield County is believed to be the invasive boxwood blight.
The director of the Virginia Cooperative Extension's office in Chesterfield County, T. Michael Likins, is investigating to confirm the fungus' identity. He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/18boZ9H ) that a commercial landscaper spotted the fungus on three plants in an area he'd planted about a year ago.
If it is boxwood blight, Likins says he's concerned that it could spread to historical gardens.
He says it blackens plant stems through cankering and causes large, diffuse spots on leaves.
While the fungus doesn't kill plants, it causes them to lose all their foliage.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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