Bacterial shot-hole of cherry laurel

Bacterial shot-hole of cherry laurel is caused by the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv syringae. The disease can lead to product downgrading and losses in the case of cherry laurel and other susceptible ornamental plant species. This factsheet describes the symptoms and biology of the disease and summarises the available control measures.

Find out about:

  • the pathogen and the range of hosts it can affect
  • what symptoms to look out for on plants
  • how the pathogen infects plants, and what can increase the likelihood of infection
  • methods of control that you can implement on your nursery

This information was last updated in 2010.

Useful links

Read the 2011 Grower Summary for HNS 179

Read the 2017 Grower Summary of the Review of Bacterial Pathogens for CP 174

Read the reports from CP 191 looking at Improved Management of Bacterial Diseases in Horticultural Crops