Florence, South Carolina, is the site of the first positive identification of boxwood blight in the state, according to officials with Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI). Evidence of the fungus (Cylindrocladium buxicola) was discovered by landscape professionals in the area. Steven Long, DPI assistant department head, stated that the fungus likely had been present for years.

To date, however, “Boxwood blight has not been found in any production nurseries in South Carolina,” Long said. “Tracebacks have revealed that the disease most likely hitchhiked here on infested nursery stock from out-ofstate nurseries.”

According to DPI, boxwood blight “is not a regulated pest of concern in South Carolina.”

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