Boxwood blight, a fungal disease that attacks a popular garden shrub, has been found in Wisconsin for the first time at a nursery grower in Kenosha County, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced in late July. Department nursery inspectors found it during a routine annual inspection and sent samples for laboratory testing.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed July 19 that the samples carried a fungus that causes boxwood blight. This fungus can also infect pachysandra; both shrubs are common in home and public gardens. Boxwood is used for hedges and foundation plantings and in holiday decorations, and pachysandra is a groundcover.
The grower is contacting customers that may have received infected stock. Anyone who suspects boxwood blight should contact their county UW-Extension office.