black spots - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
Question by gilmacris
August 17, 2007
I brough 2 peach tree this year and for some razon, last week a notice some black spots on tho top of the leave. Also I plan my cherry tree closed to a magnolium and his leaves now is falling what I can do to safe my tree?


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Answer from NGA
August 17, 2007

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Unfortunately, based on the information in your description, I am not able to tell you what is happening to your trees. Black spots on peach foliage is not a symtom of the more common peach diseases, but it might be sooty mold growing on honeydew from insects feeding on the tree. When a newly planted tree defoliates, it is a sign of severe stress, possible related to incorrect watering. I would suggest you consult with your local Penn State cooperative extension for help in diagnosing the problem(s). If a chemical control is needed, they will have the most up to date information on what to use and how/when is best to use it for maximum results. Also, they will be able to help you plan out a regular spray control program for your fruit trees. In the meantime, you may find the following publication helpful. It outlines care for both peaches and cherries.

http://ssfruit.cas.psu.edu/Sto...

Good luck with your new trees!

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