Bacterial Shot Hole Disease of Cherry Laurel

Shot hole diseases affect plants in the genus Prunus including: cherry laurel, cherry, plum and peach.  Symptoms include small circular lesions on the leaves of infected plants.  Tissue from the lesions is shed by the plant leaving numerous holes in infected leaves.  The damage is sometimes confused with insect damage.  Bacterial shot hole caused by Xanthomonas pruni may cause severe damage on cherry laurel in nurseries with overhead irrigation.

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