Myrtle rust

Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtacea family. It infects many native species, including bottle brush, tea tree and eucalyptus.

Myrtle rust can be identified by its masses of powdery bright yellow or orange-yellow spores on infected plants.

Myrtle rust is most likely to infect plants in wet and humid areas. It can spread through:

  • movement of infected or contaminated plant material
  • animals such as bees, birds, bats and possums
  • contaminated plant waste, timber and wood packaging
  • contaminated equipment and tools used on or around plants
  • contaminated clothing and shoes.

For more information about how you can help stop the spread of myrtle rust, please download Myrtle rust planting fact sheet (PDF 537 KB).

To report suspected myrtle rust infections, please visit the Biosecurity Queensland website or call them on 13 25 23.