Rust on juniper spreaders - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by johnszymczak
April 11, 2010
I have rust appearing on my juniper spreaders and what can I apply to get rid of it. I have been cutting areas off but it still spreads.

Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010
Cedar apple rust, a truly colorful disease, rarely causes significant damage to junipers, but the mere presence of the rust galls on twigs may be considered unsightly, especially when the woody galls "bloom" in April and May. In mid-spring, when conditions are right, the galls produce gelatinous bright orange tendrils that release millions of fungal spores. And although cedar apple rust may not damage the junipers, this disease does cause serious damage on non-resistant apples and flowering crabapples, on which it can initiate premature defoliation and fruit distortion.

There are several ways to tackle the problem of cedar apple rust. In landscape situations where only a few junipers are present, pick off the rust galls in late winter. The galls are killed once they are detached from the tree.

You can apply copper based fungicides at 7- to 21-day intervals from early June through August to prevent infection and gall formation on the junipers. (During this period, the fungal spores are being released from the apple, crabapple host trees back to the junipers.) Fungicides will not control the active gelatinous galls in the spring, however, so pruning them off is the best method of control.

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