Verticillium wilt—Verticillium spp.
Verticillium wilt becomes evident when lower leaves turn yellow and wither. Symptoms progress upward
until twigs and branches wilt and die. Leaves may drop, causing trees to appear bare. Vascular tissue
of twigs and branches becomes a light brown. Fruit may be small.
Verticillium wilt is caused by a soilborne fungus. Avoid planting where susceptible crops, such as tomatoes,
potatoes, peppers, eggplant, or cucurbits, have been before. Follow good sanitation and cultural practices
to minimize problems. Prune out dead branches and destroy. Avoid excess pruning and the use of excess
water or fertilizers, which may promote extra growth, making the plant more susceptible to disease.
of peach shoot tips
of plum vascular tissue