American plum line pattern virus

American plum line pattern virus (APLPV) affects plums and other species of Prunus, such as:

  • apricot
  • peach
  • nectarine
  • ornamental cherry.

APLPV can directly reduce the marketability of ornamental cherry trees, but otherwise may only have an economic impact when it is found with certain other viruses.

Originally from North America, APLPV has been detected in Queensland and Victoria.

Symptoms of APLPV

Japanese plum symptoms

In Japanese plum (Prunus salicina), symptoms usually start in spring with green and then yellow mottling (Figure 1), which often include 'oak-leaf' patterns (Figure 2).

Early symptoms of APLPV on Japanese plum

Cream-coloured oak leaf shape on Japanese plum leaf

By summer, the yellow mottling increases and fades to creamy-white (Figure 3).

Advanced creamy white mottling on Japanese plum leaf

Peach symptoms

Most cultivars of peach (Prunus persica), exhibit light-green and wavy lines during the spring and early summer (Figure 4). Later, the lines form various shapes, rings, confluent rings, nets or 'oak-leaf' patterns (Figure 5).

Light green net pattern on the edge of a peach leaf

Light green marbling on peach leaf

Ornamental cherry symptoms

Symptoms in Japanese ornamental cherry (Prunus serrulata) often include formation of 'oak leaf' patterns, although symptoms may also include chlorotic, golden or white rings.

Yellowish discoloured areas can also appear in conjunction with vein banding.

Discoloured areas can be golden or pinkish.

Impact of APLPV

Symptoms don't cause any appreciable loss of productivity.

In plum and peach, signs of disease often disappear by late summer, so control measures might not be required. But disease symptoms in ornamental cherry can reduce aesthetic value.

Also, APLPV can have a greater impact when co-infecting with other viruses such as the prune dwarf virus.

Spread of disease

The means of natural spread is unknown, but APLPV can be transmitted mechanically, through grafting and possibly pruning.

The virus is probably not seed-borne and international spread is likely by movement of infected planting material.

Controlling APLPV

Diseases caused by viruses cannot be directly controlled via spraying, so only use planting material certified or tested to be free of the virus.

To prevent the spread of APLPV in your property:

  • consider removing diseased trees
  • ensure staff and visitors adhere to on-farm biosecurity and hygiene practices
  • keep records of disease histories so the impacts of pests and diseases can be monitored and traced.

Also disinfect tools and farm machinery while wearing suitable personal protective equipment.

Image sources and references

Agriculture Victoria (2016) PIDS, American plum line pattern virus (APLPV) – 03/11/2016, CCEPP Secretariat.

EPPO, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, (2016) American plum line pattern virus (APLPV0), retrieved from EPPO (Accessed 30 November 2016).

CABI & EPPO (n.d.) Data sheets quarantine pests, Plum American line pattern ilarvirus (PDF 28 KB), retrieved from EPPO (Accessed on 24 November 2016).

Oregon State University (n.d.) Cherry (Prunus spp.), Virus-induced Cherry Decline (Accessed 5 December 2016).

Page last updated: 22 Jun 2020