Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family, and has been found in the Bay of Plenty region.
Myrtle rust is an airborne fungal disease affecting plants including pōhutukawa and mānuka trees, as well as some commercially-grown species. If you see a plant that you suspect has myrtle rust, don’t touch it – take a picture and report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66.
For more information on myrtle rust, including further information on impacted species, see the Ministry for Primary Industries’ website.
Last Reviewed: 28/02/2018