Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 04, 1998, Image 131

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    Sycamore Trees Suffer From Fungus
land Department of Agriculture
field personnel report that syca
more trees across Maryland, and
much of the Mid-Atlantic, are
once again showing symptoms of
infection by the sycamore anthrac
nose fungus.
This disease, caused by the fun
gus Apiognomonia veneta, has
caused widespread defoliation of
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sycamores this spring.
The cool, moist conditions the
region experienced early this
spring favor the development of
the fungus. Young leaves, as they
emerge from buds, become in
fected. These infected leaves soon
turn brown, shrivel, and die. The
fungus also can 101 l new shoots
and cause cankers on twigs and
small branches.
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By late spring, as the weather
becomes warmer and dryer, the
fungus growth slows, and healthy
leaves and shoots develop. Al
though sycamores look as if they
are dying, most trees will survive.
Chemical control of sycamore
anthracnose usually is not neces
sary and, by this time of year, is
not recommended. Any spray pro
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be done in early spring at bud
break, and continue during the
cool, wet spring conditions. This
year, heavy nitrogen fertilization
should be avoided since this pro
duces lush growth that is suscepti
ble to fungal infection.
Other hardwood trees, especial
ly oaks, also have been affected
this spring by anthracnose dis
eases, which are caused by differ
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ent species of fungi on other kinds
of trees. As with sycamores, most
trees are able to survive the infec
tion and, by mid-summer, with
warmer dryer conditions, most
will once again appear healthy.
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