Black spots, curling, dying leaves

Asked May 24, 2018, 12:31 PM EDT

Is this tar spot, or some kind of parasite?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

This is foliar anthracnose. It is a fungal disease that is very active now on many shade trees including sycamore, oak, maple, ash, beech, and dogwood. We don't recommend treatments except for dogwood since most of the time the symptoms stop with warmer, drier weather. You can find more information about anthracnose-- including management strategies -- here on our website.