blight


Fruiting Bodies on Cone Scales
Sphaeropsis (Diplodia) Tip Blight of Pine Trees Austrian, Scots, Ponderosa, Mugho, Red and other 2 and 3 needled Pines are susceptible to the killing of shoot tips and branches cause by the fungus Sphaeropsis sapinea Symptoms include the browning of needles on new shoots as the needles grow from the […]

Sphaeropsis (Diplodia) Tip Blight of Pine Trees


Pine Tree Diseases Cyclaneusma Needlecast   Symptoms Needles on Pines yellow and have dark-brown bands from September through December, the year after infection, or from April through June, 2 years after infection. The brown bars become filled with a tan fungal fruiting structure, which opens wide under very moist conditions. […]

Pine Tree Diseases – Symptoms & Management


Maple Tree Diseases   Anthracnose   Symptoms Norway maple: narrrow, purple to brown streaks occur along the leaf veins. Sugar maple: large, irregular, brown or red-brown areas develop along and between the veins similar to injury due to drought and heat stress. Small, brown fruiting structures of the fungus are […]

Maple Tree Diseases



Lilac Shrub Diseases   Ascochyta Blight   Symptoms In the Spring, the current year’s shoots and flower stalks are girdled, wilted, and brown. The base of the dead area is tan to gray and shriveled. In wet weather, dark gray pimple-like fungal fruiting structures dot the dead tissue. In Summer […]

Lilac Shrub Diseases


Hydrangea Shrub Diseases   Botrytis Blight   Symptoms Petals turn brown and fall. Leaf spots form, especially where faded petals have fallen. Flower buds are killed before opening.   Management Space plants to insure good air circulation. Maintain low humidity. Avoid watering late in the day. Remove crop debris. Apply […]

Hydrangea Shrub Diseases


Forsythia Diseases Gall   Symptoms Knobby galls from along forsythia branches.   Management Prune infected branches. Disinfect the pruning shears thoroughly after use.     Twig Blight   Symptoms The ends of lower branches, especially those near the ground, die. Black nodules of fungal tissue are found inside the stems […]

Forsythia Diseases



Fire Blight is a bacterium that can attack more than 75 species of trees and shrubs including apple, pear, quince, mountain ash, crabapple, hawthorn, cotoneaster, and serviceberry. The bacterium over winters on infected plants in darkened, slightly sunken cankers. In the spring the bacteria are dispersed by insects, rain, wind, […]

Fire Blight


          Botryosphaeria Canker   Symptoms Rough, sunken, dark-brown areas form around wounds or natural openings in the bark. The wood of a recently killed branch is lighter brown than the pith. Dead bark falls off the cankered area. Leaves on affected branches wilt as affected branches […]

Azalea & Rhododendron Shrub Diseases