NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The State of Tennessee is encouraging homeowners and gardeners to monitor their rhododendron plants for a disease detected in Middle Tennessee.
Phytophthora ramorum is a water mold pathogen that causes sudden oak death, ramorum leaf blight, and ramorum dieback.
According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the USDA detected the pathogen in rhododendron plants at a store in Dickson County. The infected plants came from nurseries in Washington State and Canada and were shipped to 18 states.
“TDA suggests that Tennesseans who have purchased a rhododendron since April, 2019 at Walmart and Rural King outlets monitor the plant for signs of disease, including leaf spots and dying branches or limbs,” the department said in a news release Monday.
TDA says if you suspect your plant might have the disease, you should contact the agency at 615-837-5137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.