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Anthracnose
Gnomonia leptosyla

  • Leaflets have circular brown spots surrounded by yellow tissue
  • Infected leaves turn yellow, then brown on the margins, curl and eventually fall off
  • Dark brown to black spots or blotches form on nut husks
  • Nuts drop prematurely
  • More information on Walnut Anthracnose...
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Leaf spot
Mycosphaerella juglandis

  • Small black spots scattered across leaf
  • Dark brown veins and leaf tips are common due to many spots forming on leaf veins and leaf tips
  • As the disease progresses, leaves yellow and fall off
  • In mid-summer leaves appear yellow from a distance
  • Occurs on black walnut and butternut
  • More information on Leaf spot...

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