How to recognize Hydrangea scale 

Young stages of Hydrangea scale are light brown and flat. Adult stages are round and more swollen. From June and July remarkable white egg sacbecome visible. There is only one generation per year in which a single female can produce up to 1000 new scales. Depending on the season, young stages can be found on the leaf, petiole or branch. Adult stages are usually found on the underside of the leaves. 

Hydrangea scale Pulvinaria hydrangeae
Hydrangea scale
Hydrangea scale Pulvinaria hydrangeae
Hydrangea scale on Hortensia

Hydrangea scale damage 

Damage by the Hydrangea scale is mainly cosmetic. During heavy infestations, large amounts of honeydew are produced. The honeydew acts as a growth medium for black sooty mold fungus which will turn the leaves black. This can hamper photosynthesis. 

Life cycle Hydrangea scale

  • 1000 eggs per female
  • young stages light brown, adult stages rounded
  • from June and July egg masses visible
  • young stages on leaf, petiole or branch
  • adult stages on underside of leaf

Host plants Hydrangea scale

  • hydrangea
  • maple
  • linden, Platanus
  • magnolia
  • viburnum
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Common soft scale species

Dopluis: Platte dopluis - Coccus hesperidum
Brown soft scale
Dopluis: Halvebol dopluis - Saissetia coffeae
Hemispherical scale
Dopluis: Oleanderdopluis - Saissetia oleae

Dopluis: Koningsdopluis - Pulvinaria regalis
Horse chestnut scale
Hydrangea scale
Dopluis: Lange woldopluis - Pulvinaria floccifera
Cottony camelia scale