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Hortsense

Cherry : Black knot
(revision date: 6/5/2018)


Biology
Black knot is a fungal disease that infects cherry and plum. Early infections of twigs are elongated olive-green, corky knots. They turn black and hard as they mature. Every year they expand lengthwise. It is possible for the fungus to stunt and kill limbs as it grows around the twig or branch.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Remove knots, cutting 3 inches below the knot. Burn or bury infected debris.
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Chemical Management

None recommended.

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Caption: Black knot
Photo by: R. Byther