If you look close at the Dogwoods, you'll see that even in the sunshine with beautiful flowers, the trees are still really struggling. Dogwoods over all have a very tough time as they age with diesease. It's called Dogwood anthracnose, caused by the fungus
Discula destructiva, is a serious disease of flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) andcontinues to make an impact on the vitality of Kentucky landscape and forest dogwoods.
Where is Dogwood Anthracnose?
Dogwood anthracnose began in the
northeastern U.S. about 20 to 25 years ago and during the last several years has moved down the Appalachian mountains into many of the southern and mid-south states, including Kentucky. The disease is different
from previous anthracnose diseases we
have seen, and is sometimes referred to as
âDiscula anthracnose,â named for the fungus that causes the disease, and also as âlower branch dieback,â the most common serious symptom seen. Prune out and destroy dead twigs and
branches as they occur. Rake up and
destroy fallen leaves in autumn.
If the tree is valuable enough,
fungicide sprays may be warranted.