Trees and Shrubs forum: Is My Dogwood Tree Sick?

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Nov 2, 2016 12:19 PM CST
I just took a good look at my Dogwood Tree. It doesn't look like a happy camper. I've never had one before so I don't know what the leaves are suppose to look like. Is this some kind of blight on the leaves or is it normal for Fall? If it is sick, how can I help it?

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Nov 2, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Looks like it might be anthracnose.

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Nov 2, 2016 6:34 PM CST
There appear to be white spots/patches on the leaves - is that a camera effect or are there really? If so then it looks like powdery mildew.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Nov 2, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Thanks RJ - I think you are right, anthracnose. Definitely not powdery mildew Sue .. unfortunately I know that stuff well!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 2, 2016 8:13 PM CST
This article from Clemson discusses dogwood anthracnose in SC:

"Dogwood Anthracnose (Discula Anthracnose): This is a relatively new disease of dogwood in South Carolina, and it is caused by the fungus Discula destructiva. Dogwood anthracnose is most severe only in areas of the state that are higher than 2000 feet. A few cases have been reported at lower elevations where dogwoods are grown in very cool, moist, shady locations. It is a serious disease capable of killing large numbers of trees and most Cornus species can become infected."

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