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Deficiency of Phosphorus

There is probably a deficiency of Phosphorus (mobile). Phosphorus deficiency is not very common and may not be recognized because plant stunting is often the only visible symptom. Older leaves are usually not chlorotic, but may exhibit a reddish color or have reddish veins on underside of dark green leaf.

Plant is a dicot (broadleaf tree or shrub)

  • Symptoms are exhibited by the oldest leaves or leaves that are not the most recently mature
    • Leaves are not chlorotic, plant stunted