This leafhopper is a pest on shrubs such as privet, photinia, and laurels as well as on members of the rose family (cherry, apple, apricot) and many other ornamental shrubs and trees. Eggs overwinter on the bark of trees and nymphs emerge in the spring.
Control can be effective with foliar sprays if the undersides of the leaves can be contacted. A systemic insecticide applied to the soil may be more effective for non-food bearing plants as it moves the active ingredient into the foliage where it is ingested as the hoppers feed. Timing is important, and should concentrate on the arrival of the insects in your area.