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Anthracnose is a fungal disease infecting fruit-bearing plants, deciduous and evergreen trees. The infected plants tend to develop water-soaked, dark lesions around stems, fruits, or leaves.

The fungal disease affects aerial tissues, developing shoots, and expanding leaves of shrubs, trees, and other plants. It is the root cause of wilted, withered, and dying tissues. Hence, many people often confuse it with Fusarium wilt. Thus, a professional tree health assessment is crucial.

About Anthracnose

Anthracnose is popular for the damage it causes to trees. Fungi in the genus Colletotrichum cause this disease on various species of plants and trees, including oak, ash, maple, elm, rose plants, walnut, birch, palm, tulip, linden, sycamore, catalpa, and dogwood. It is also known as a leaf blight or shoots blight in some regions.

The growth usually occurs under relatively cold and moist weather conditions, approximately between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit, infecting young leaves and shoots. The spores can be soil-borne, air-borne, or water-borne. Besides favorable weather conditions, wind, insects, and garden tools carry the fungal spores around the yard, spreading them from one tree to another.

Once Anthracnose attacks your trees, it creates a breeding ground for Bot Cankers, Shot Hole Borers, Leaf Spot Diseases, and other pathogens. Hence, Anthracnose disease control with effective treatment becomes crucial.

Symptoms Of Anthracnose

  • Oval, round, or irregular spots on the leaves
  • Yellow margins on the leaflets
  • Small beige, yellow, brown, or black spots, depending on the age of host plants
  • Spots will darken as they age
  • Grey-brown, dark brown, to black lesions with reddish-brown borders on the shoots
  • Infected leaves appear scorched or distorted
  • The leaves may grow into curled shapes
  • Cankers on the twigs
  • Small to large, brown blotches on the leaves
  • Rapid wilt of newly emerging leaves
  • Occurrence of girdled twigs, bud blight, and shoot dieback
  • Holes in the leaves after the center of the lesion drops out
  • It can also result in the defoliation of hosts
Infected leaf with spot diseases

How Can You Get Rid Of Anthracnose Disease

Combating Anthracnose can be a frustrating process if the infected trees and plants do not get the accurate treatment. A trunk injection with a systemic fungicide can help get control over Anthracnose fungus growth quickly. However, Anthracnose is more susceptible to weaker and stressed plants.

So, Expert arborists will offer nutrition and supplements to strengthen the plant or tree so that they can ward off Anthracnose, Fusarium Wilt, Bot Cankers, or other fungal attacks. They will avoid moist and other favorable conditions for eliminating Anthracnose growth.

Benefits Of Our Anthracnose Treatment

  • Suppresses the growth of spores and fungus under favorable weather conditions
  • Protects fruit and vegetable-bearing trees from getting infected
  • Promotes stronger tree root and cell development
  • Elicit natural defense and fungal prevention mechanisms in trees
  • Aids in the prevention and protection of trees
  • Expert treatment after understanding the pattern of Anthracnose spread from host to host
  • Your trees will avail enough nutrition to grow healthily

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cold, moist, or humid weather conditions are the most favorable breeding grounds allowing rapid fungal growth.

A natural way to reduce anthracnose growth is to use neem oil sprays to eliminate larvae and egg production of insects and fungal spread. However, this fungus is capable of spreading from tree to tree, so it’s better to rely on expert assistance.

We remove infected residual soil, and rotten plants or its parts to prevent your plant spread from getting infected and dying. However, our experts will check leaves, branches, stem, and roots to offer the best treatment for your trees or plants.

We carry out preventive practices like fencing, culturing, using non-toxic injections, to name a few, to control or eliminate the Anthracnose spore growth.