I thought it was natural for my little fig trees to have hairy stalks/trunks but when I noticed the leaves going from deep green, through lime green, through yellow/brown I suspected all was not right. This hairy fungus or something has killed all the fig trees, including one I intended to bonzai and is now on everything else in my 'garden box'. I thought it was part of powdery mildew, which I do have but have been treating rather effectively with milk and luckily I had direct sunlight (the other essential ingredient to the milk/mildey cure, which activates the enzymes to kill the mildew). But milk has no effect on this most virulent disease. I'm not sure if it's related, but on top of the powdery mildew and hairy fungus there is something turning the leaves on my honeysuckle red which is now also dying back. I bought a plant which was similar to a heather which certainly contained the powdery mildew and got rid of but I think the hairy stalks were already on the figs and I don't know about the red leaf disease. The figs are all dead now. Vigorous growth up to about last week. I will admit at this point I noticed how wiping the hair with mouth wash on cotton wool made it dissapear so I wiped them all down with mouth wash. Practically scrubbing the largest fig. Now they are all dead. :( The fur has gone where it was scrubbed though. Wiping down those figs as they were clearly beyond saving was quite emotional for me! I hope the whole box doesn't fall prey to this hairy monster. Image descriptions: 0001: A close up of the bonzai when still alive last week. Thick hair growth near the new growth at the top. 0009: Hairs growing up a late bulb new shoot leaf (I dug the whole box up so everything is behind) 0015: Small hairs visible on a thornless blackberry plant which was dug up and roots were strewn about and this is new growth from roots. Also on a small leafed thing that grows along the ground and a bulb shoot. 0004: Hairs and purple stems on fig stalks. 0014: Hairs on new growth on honeysuckle. A light brushing knocked some of these new leaves off! 0019: The now (almost) dead fig tree. 0020: The nearly or dead fig bonzai. 0018: Red patches appearing on honeysuckle leaves.