Verticillium wilt is a soil-borne fungal disease spreading through roots causing leaves to curl, wilt, turn yellow, and eventually drop off. Other symptoms include brown or black streaks in the tissue under the bark and branch dieback.
Yellowing and shrivelling of lower leaves. Some or all of the plant suddenly wilts, especially in hot weather. Plants may recover in cooler or wetter conditions. Brown or black streaks in the tissue under the bark. These are visible as a circle or part-circle of brown marks, if the stem is cut across transversely, or as brown lines if it is cut lengthways. In woody plants the marks are often in the outer (most recent) growth ring, although older infections that were not fatal may have left similar marks in older, inner growth rings. However, a few plants, such as chrysanthemums and roses, don't usually show these marks when infected. Branch dieback is a common symptom in trees and shrubs. Sometimes only part of the plant may wilt and dead branches may indicate infections which occurred in previous years.
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