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Butternut > Leaves > Dots, spots or blotches on leaves

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Gnomonia leptosyla

  • Leaflets have circular brown spots surrounded by yellow tissue
  • Infected leaves turn yellow, then brown on the margins, curl and eventually fall off
  • Dark brown to black spots form on nut husks
  • Nuts drop prematurely
  • More information on Walnut Anthracnose
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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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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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  • Image: Downy leaf spot 1
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Downy leaf spot
Microstroma juglandis

  • Leaf spots start as small round spots, but often grow together into large angular patches
  • Spots are pale yellow on upper leaf surface and powdery white below
  • As season progresses, spots can turn dry and brown
  • Occurs on black walnut, butternut and hickory
  • More information on Downy leaf spot

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