Hydrangea Diseases

Informational table showing disease name, symptoms, pathogen/cause, and management of Hydrangea diseases.
Hydrangea Diseases - Articles

Updated: August 8, 2017

Hydrangea Diseases
DiseaseSymptomsPathogen/CauseManagement
Botrytis BlightPetals turn brown and fall. Leaf spots form, especially where faded petals have fallen. Flower buds are killed before opening.Botrytis cinereaSpace plants to insure good air circulation. Maintain low humidity. Avoid watering late in the day. Remove crop debris. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.
Cercospora Leaf SpotTan spots with reddish-brown halos develop on leaves.CercosporaWater in a manner that keeps moisture off the leaves. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.
Powdery MildewYellow areas form on leaves. These may become purplish. White, cottony fungal growth forms on the lower surface of the leaf.Erysiphe polygoniApply a fungicide as soon as any mildew is observed.
VirescenceFlowers are green and may be stunted. Leafy shoots grow from the flower parts. Plants decline and die.PhytoplasmaDiscard infected plants. Maintain good insect control.
VirusesLeaves may be mottled, have yellow spotting, dead flecks, line or ringspot patterns. Plants may be distorted or have flower color breaking, or few flowers.Hydrangea ringspot, tomato ringspot, impatiens necrotic spotPlant virus-indexed cuttings. Maintain good insect and mite control. Destroy infected plants.


Cercospora leaf spot.