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Mountain Ash > Branches > Discolored area on trunk or branches

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Fire blight
Erwinia amylovora

  • Branch cankers have dark, sunken and cracked bark, sapwood is streaked reddish brown
  • Infected leaves wilt, turn gray then dark brown
  • Young shoots bend over forming a "shepherd's crook"
  • Infected blossoms first turn gray, then black
  • Infected leaves and blossoms remain attached to the tree, often even in winter
  • Infected fruit are shriveled and discolored
  • Drops of sticky honey colored liquid can be seen on infected plant parts in warm wet weather
  • More information on fire blight
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  • Image: Branch cankers 1
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Branch cankers
Botryosphaeria dothidea

  • Small blister like spots on branches exude, watery fluid
  • Leaves on girdled branches wilt, die and turn brown
  • Branch infections grow to cracked, flakey, orange canker
  • Sunken brown spots on fruit, can grow to rot part or all of fruit
  • More information on canker

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