Lemon Cypress is a type of plant that has a lemony scent. Native to Southeast Asia, it produces woody branches and fragrant needle-like leaves with a strong citrus smell. Lemon Cypress is known for reducing airborne bacteria, which makes it an excellent addition to hospitals and other places where illness can be spread easily.
It’s also used as an air freshener because of its citrus scent. Common insects that affected lemon cypress include the scale, mealybug, spider mite, red spider mite, and thrips. Common diseases include brown spots and yellow wood rot. To increase the health and longevity of a lemon cypress, it is necessary to be aware of some common pests and diseases of the tree.
- Lemon cypress can be subject to several pests, including caterpillars, scales, aphids, mites, and weevils. However, some of these pests aren’t readily visible to the naked eye. Therefore, inspect your tree regularly and allow them to become wet to make these pests more visible.
- Caterpillars, precisely the cottony maple scale and wax maple scale, can be found on their respective trees. Caterpillars, in general, can be easily removed by using a safe spray, like Neem oil. The oil will not kill the caterpillar but immobilize them until they eventually crawl away or die from dehydration.
- Scales also like to feed on cypress trees. For example, the chemicals that it secretes can attract earwigs, flying ants, and other insects. These pests are all harmful to the plant and can cause considerable damage.
- In addition to the pest problems mentioned above, lemon cypresses are also prone to root rot, leading them to topple over or lose their needles. Root rot is often caused by a fungus called Beche-de-Mer. The tree is also vulnerable to root rot if planted in poor acidic soil conditions, such as heavy clay soil.
- Lemon cypresses are susceptible to clogging their stomata, the leaves’ pores that allow air exchange. It may be due to various bacteria and fungi, including “Colletotrichum orbiculare,” which causes canker in lemon cypress Insecticides and sprays can deter pests;however, one should be sure to read up on the proper mixture before spraying the lemon cypress with any chemicals.
- The new leaves of the lemon cypress tree tend to be most susceptible to pest attacks. Therefore, removing them manually as soon as they start appearing can help prevent harmful insects from settling on the tree. However, it may be necessary to remove a few leaves if mites or scales decide on the tree.
- Mites can be found on the underside of the leaves. Check for them by gently holding a leaf and looking for tiny black spots. They are thin bugs that look like little red dots with hairy legs. Mites can also be spied in the cracks of woody bark. Fungicides, too, can protect this plant from disease-causing fungi, such as “Phomopsis leptospirosis.”
The lemon cypress is a beneficial tree to have in your garden as it will protect you from pests and diseases that may harm other trees.By being aware of this tree’s everyday problems and illnesses, you will be able to keep your tree safe.