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I have a plant with lovely flowers which full off this time of year but the leaf`s are black with a sootlike substance when you bend the leaf back it peels off leaving the leaf shiny

BRian, I think the cause is aphids.  Prob from last year.  Is it a camelia, skimmia or similar?  I had this too a couple of years back.  I washed off the black mould as much as possible...even pruning where applicable....and then sprayed with light dilution of fairy liquid.  Did this a couple more times during the summer and autumn.  Then once in spring.  Bushes are fine now.  Oh! good feed too will help

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