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Close up of sycamore anthracnose. Causal Agent

Apiognomonia veneta 

 

Hosts

Sycamore anthracnose is a widely distributed disease of sycamore and plane trees. Susceptible sycamore plants include American, Arizona and California varieties. The disease progresses in three phases: Canker formation, twig blight, and leaf blight, respectively. The fungus enters through the petioles and begins colonization when the trees become dormant in the fall and winter. The establishment of Apiognomonia in the cambium tissues leads to canker formation, twig dieback, and may kill infected trees. 

 

Sycamore anthracnose.

Symptoms

Dieback of sycamore branch and necrotic lesions near the veins are typical symptoms. 

 

Control

Fallen branches and leaves should be removed to lessen the severity of disease. Please contact your local county extension office for current information. 

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