Flowering Dogwood

Our pink dogwood tree has developed a white residue on it's new leaves. It is planted in well-drained soil with full sun. We planted it last spring ('08) and enjoyed full blooms in April.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The white residue on the leaves of your dogwood is likely powdery mildew, a type of fungus. Powdery mildew is rarely a serious disease, so you likely don't need to spray a fungicide for it. It may be an indication that your dogwood tree is stressed (possibly simply from the transplanting last year.) Also keep in mind that dogwood is a native understory small tree, so it prefers partial shade.


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