Common Problems of Common Shrubs

Common Problems of Common Shrubs

ENTFACT-461: Common Problems of Common Shrubs - An Index  |  Download PDF

Nicole Gauthier, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist
Ellen Crocker, Forest Health Extension Specialist
Jonathan Larson, Entomology Extension Specialist
Kim Leonberger, Plant Pathology Extension Associate
Jamie Dockery, Horticulture Extension Agent
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Shrubs are an important part of landscapes and woodlands. However, shrubs may experience a wide range of issues including disease, insects, and abiotic disorders. This publication includes the most frequently observed problems of common shrubs in Kentucky listed in alphabetical order (not necessarily in order of importance). Contact a local county Extension agent for assistance with diagnosing and managing these and other problems.


shrub pests

L-R: Rose Rosette Virus; Aphids; Iron Deficiency



1 Environmental stresses can include drought, wet soil, weather extremes, etc.
2 Improper planting practices can include unfavorable planting site, inadequte site preparation, incorrect planting depth (either too deep or too shallow), planting hole too small, etc.

Additional Resources

July 2021


The authors would like to thank Brenda Kennedy, University of Kentucky Plant Disease Diagnostician, and Cliff Sadof, Purdue University Extension Entomologist, for their reviews of this publication.

Editor: Cheryl Kaiser, Plant Pathology Extension Support
Photos: University of Kentucky—Nicole Gauthier (rose rosette virus) and Winston Dunwell (iron clorosis);—Clemson University – USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series (aphids)

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S-225 Ag Science Center Lexington, KY 40546-0091

(859) 257-7450