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Coryneum Blight (Shot-hole Blight)
- tart and sweet cherry (rare)
This is a common fungal disease in Utah. It attacks dormant leaf buds, blossom buds, leaves, fruit, and twigs. The first visible lesions occur on young leaves as small, round, purplish-black spots. Eventually these infections fall out, leaving round holes, and giving this disease its name. Circular lesions later develop on fruit that first appear as reddish spots, and later as rough, corky bumps. Sometimes they are sunken. On peaches, affected buds may die and appear to be “varnished” due to gummosis. Infections may girdle twigs.
Management: Prune and destroy all infected plant tissue. Prevent irrigation water from wetting leaves. For severe infections, apply copper spray in fall starting at 50% leaf drop to protect newly forming buds, and use chlorothalonil 1 to 2 times before shuck split stage.
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