Peonies forum: Tree peony fungus?

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Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Aug 2, 2011 4:08 PM CST
Help! Does my tree peony have a fungus?

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Name: Diann
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Aug 3, 2011 10:02 AM CST

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It could be peony peony measles (Cladosporium) due to the spots on the stems. But, It also looks like it kind of got fried on the black plastic. I'd get that black plastic away from it as soon as possible. Cladosporium won't kill your peony but you should dispose of all the diseased leaves and stems away from the plant and don't compost them. Here is some information on Cladosporium.

http://hyg.ipm.illinois.edu/pastpest/200008h.html

Name: Diann
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Aug 3, 2011 10:20 AM CST

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Also, being as this is a tree peony, I wouldn't cut the woody part of the tree peony down to the ground. One would only do that with a herbaceous or Itoh hybrid peony.
Name: Tami Smith
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mollymistsmith
Aug 4, 2011 12:08 AM CST
Diann, Thanks for the information. Smiling Group hug
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