Asked on May 31, 2013

Varnish look on plant

Evelyn McMullenDouglas Hunt


When I was getting on my porch today I noticed very shiny leaves (not all the leaves) of my nandinal It's about 6 ft tall and this is the first time I've ever come across this, have been growing nandinas for years. It almost looks like someone has sprayed varnish, the plant looks healthy, just strange. Help
4 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 31, 2013

    Is it sticky? Does it easily rub off?

  • Evelyn McMullen
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Hi Douglas, sorry to be so long answering, yes it is sticky, plant looks like it's been spray which it hasn't. Doesn't appear to have hurt the plant, just looks yuucky.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Possibly you have aphids, and the shiny substance is their honeydew?

  • Evelyn McMullen
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Hmmm, never have seen any and I have many many nandinas, just never saw this before. Thanks for the suggestion.

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