image3: Lasiodiplodia theobromae

In affected plants, twigs die from the tips back into old wood, giving a scorched appearance to the limb (Fig. 1). The young green twigs start withering first at the base and then extending outwards along the veins of leaf edges. The affected leaf turns brown and its margins roll upwards. Leaves scorch and fall, leaving a dead branch. In severe conditions, branches start drying one after another in a sequence, resulting in death of the whole tree.