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Oak Tree Leaf Blisters

Oak Tree Leaf Blisters, caused by the fungus Taphrina caerulescens, occurs on most species of Oak Trees.

 

Symptoms:

  • Spots on the leaves 1/4" - 1/2" in diameter turn light green as young leaves expand.
  • Cells in the spots multiply more than surrounding cells and result in a raised blister-like buckling of the leaf.
  • As the spots age their upper surfaces become covered with a buff-white coating of fungal growth that later turns brown.
  • The leaves remain on the tree and do not fall prematurely.

Cool, moist conditions are required for this disease to occur. The fungus only infects young emerging leaf tissue in the spring. The new spores of the fungus formed on the surface of the spots are blown to new buds and remain dormant there until the next spring. Thus, the fungus has only one infection period in the spring and does not continue to cause new spots to form later during the growing season.

 

Management in the Landscape:

Fungicide application is not necessary because the leaves are seldom severely spotted and do not fall prematurely. Although infections may be extensive some years, little damage actually results. Keep it sprayed with PureSpray Green as a precautionary measure.
 


 

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