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Boxwood Blight Found in Cumberland County

Tuesday, May 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Boxwood Blight LeavesHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) announced today’s meeting of the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council that boxwood had been found in a residential setting in Cumberland County in a planting that was over ten years old. The disease seemed to have been present in the affected boxwoods for some time, according to Dana Rhodes, State Plant Regulatory Official.

Rhodes said that PDA officials have not been able to establish the origin of the infection and have not been able to trace it back to any nursery stock planted since boxwood blight has been discovered in this country two years ago.

PDA officials are continuing to investigate the possible origins of the Cumberland County infection.

For more information on boxwood blight and how to avoid transmitting the disease, go the national boxwood blight website at

Boxwood blight fact sheets and information from Penn State Extension can be found at this link:

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