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Butternut > Leaves > Leaves discolored white to yellow or brown

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Gnomonia leptosyla

  • Circular brown lesions form on both sides of leaflets
  • Lesions are smaller than a pencil tip and surrounded by a yellow area
  • Infected leaves turn yellow, then brown on the margins, and eventually fall off
  • Smaller but similar spots form on nut husks, interfering with nut development and causing premature drop
  • More information on Walnut Anthracnose
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Walnut lacebug
Corythucha juglandis

  • Feeds on undersides of leaves with needle-like mouthparts causing white or yellow speckled or pinprick discolorations on leaf surface
  • Black dots or specks (droppings) are on the underside of leaves
  • Heavy feeding can cause severe discoloration and leaf drop
  • Lace bugs are 1/8 to 1/4 inch long; light colored bodies; intricate, lacy wings
  • Damage is most noticeable in mid to late summer
  • More information on Walnut lace bug
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Leaf spot
Mycosphaerella juglandis

  • Small black spots scattered across leaf
  • Dark brown veins and leaf tips are common due to many spots forming on leaf veins and leaf tips
  • As the disease progresses, leaves yellow and fall off
  • In mid-summer leaves appear yellow from a distance
  • Occurs on black walnut and butternut
  • More information on Leaf spot

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