- Last updated:
- 21 May 2017
In December 2010, myrtle rust was found in Queensland. Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease which affects native plants including:
- lilly pilly
- beach cherry
- water gum
- bottle brush
- lemon scented myrtle
- tea tree
- claret top
- rose apple.
Signs of infection are raised spots or pustules on leaves that turn an egg-yolk yellow colour.
Myrtle rust poses no threat to humans or animals. Infected trees may:
- become deformed
- lose its leaves
- have stunted growth
Things you can do
- Look for and report myrtle rust immediately to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
- Do not move any plant material you suspect may be infected.
- Spread the word, not the disease, by informing your family and friends.
Visit the Biosecurity Queensland website.