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Boxwood Blight

Photo courtesy of Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University

As of December 2016, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reports that 16 States and 4 Canadian provinces now have confirmed reports of Boxwood Blight. In Michigan two separate shipments of vegetated Boxwood, that were infected with Boxwood Blight, were shipped in during the 2016 season.

Fortunately, as of yet we don’t have any confirmed reports in the landscape or in a nursery in Michigan, but it is the concern of the Board that it is only a matter of time—unless we take measures to prevent it from coming in. This is an immediate concern and our industry is at risk – both financially and of losing our reputation of growing and selling clean nursery stock.

Acknowledging the challenges of increased regulatory compliance, the Board decided that we would not ask nor encourage MDARD to establish an Exterior Quarantine. Instead we’re launching a full-scale awareness campaign throughout July about Boxwood Blight, the pathways that could lead this devastating disease into Michigan, and what we can do voluntarily—as nursery, landscape, retail garden center, and landscape management firms—through a Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program, to prevent the introduction. More information on this devastating disease and what you can do to prevent it can be found on the MNLA website in the Legislative & Compliance Center area or by clicking HERE.