THE JOURNAL FOR THE SOCIETY OF GARDEN DESIGNERS

New scale pest confirmed


There’s a new critter in town, says Zia Allaway


The RHS has identified a new garden pest: the cotton stringy scale, Takahashia japonica. Probably imported into the UK, it was found on a magnolia in Berkshire earlier this year, and also feeds on mulberries, elders, sycamores and dogwoods.

Despite its unsightly appearance, the pest is not thought to cause major problems for the host plant.

However, the RHS is keen to hear from anyone who finds the pest, so it can build a picture of host plants in the UK. Should you find it, please contact gardeningadvice@rhs.org.uk