Black Gum Tupelo Black Leaf Spots
I have a newly planted black gum tupelo. It's got black leaf spots, and some branches on the bottom have dead leaves on them. There is also some premature leaf color changing. What should I do? Tree is about 8 to 9 feet tall.
Shelby County Kentucky
Black gums get a fungal disease that sometimes causes spots on leaves. Does sometimes cause the leaves to drop prematurely. Normally doesn't harm the tree, but if it happens over successive years, it can weaken the tree. Best approach is to lightly fertilize in spring and keep the tree watered during dry spells. No reason to spray.