Spotlight on ‘Coral Spot’

On my travels about Sussex I have noticed rather alot of the fungal disease ‘Coral Spot’, must be due to our wet Summer & Autumn! I thought I would write a bit about it and provide a picture so you know what to look for.

Coral Spot is a fungal disease of woody plants causing branches to die back. Small coral-pink raised spots(pustules) form after the branch dies. Coral Spot often indicates that the plant has been weakened by other factors. It is prevailant in broadleaf trees & shrubs like Acer, Aesculus ( Horse Chestnut), Carpinus (Hornbeam), Fagus (beech), Juglans (Walnut) & Tilia (Plane). It is rarely found in Conifers.

The small coral-pink fungal pustules may be seen all year round.