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Fungus Infecting Landscape Shrubs Found in Clinton County

February 25, 2017

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a fungus that kills popular landscape shrubbery has been detected in Clinton County.

Officials say the Boxwood blight was first found in Illinois near Chicago last year and they are somewhat surprised how quickly it has spread to Southern Illinois.

A landscape company owner near Breese found it in his shrubs. The owner thinks the fungus was in plants from out of state. Breese is about 290 miles southwest of Chicago.

Boxwood blight affects only certain plants that are popular as landscaping material around the state.

The Agriculture Department will have a public meeting in March to begin the regulatory process of having boxwood blight a nuisance. That would require eradication of infected plants.

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