Ornamental Plum: Leaf curl plum aphid

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Leafcurl aphids and their damage.
Leaf curl plum aphids
Photo by: R.D. Akre


The leaf curl plum aphid is typically pale green to yellow in color during the summer and darker green to brown later in the year. The aphids overwinter as eggs on plum and prune trees, then may migrate to various summer hosts or remain on the plum trees. Feeding by the leaf curl plum aphid causes severe curling of leaves on plum.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Wash aphids from plants with a strong stream of water.
  • Remove aphids by hand (when practical) to control small infestations.
  • Natural predators and parasites, including ladybird beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps, help control aphid populations.
  • Control honeydew-feeding ants, which may protect aphid colonies.
  • Provide proper nutrition. High levels of nitrogen in the foliage encourage aphid reproduction. Switch to a slow-release or low-nitrogen fertilizer.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Applications must be made early and before leaves curl.
  • Apply oils in early spring before bud swell.
  • Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall.
  • Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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