The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Gb

My euonymus is covered from top to toe with white things and most of the leaves have fallen off. Can I do anything to remedy this or should I destroy it? It is next to a large verbena and I am worried that this might become infected too.



Do you mean insects? It would be helpful if you could upload a photo, do you know what sort of euonymus it is, is it evergreen ? :-)

21 Jul, 2010


Sounds like Euonymus scale - the newly hatched nymphs are present only in early summer and early autumn, and this is the time to spray to kill them off - adults are difficult to treat for. Treatment used to be malathion, but I know that's been withdrawn - you had better check the pesticide range at the garden centre for something that treats it, probably Provado has something available in their range.

21 Jul, 2010


Thankyou. It is an evergreen, we have lived here for 14 years and it was already well established when we arrived. The white things may be alive but I can't see any moving around - they look like white vermicelli. The leaves get a bronzish hue before falling. My son is charging his camera so we can send a photo.

21 Jul, 2010


You don't need to, it is, without a doubt, Euonymus scale, particularly now you've confirmed its evergreen - the nymphs are either newly laid or about to hatch so get ready to treat end of August or September.

21 Jul, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?