Hawthorn: Scab

categories: Hawthorn Hawthorn Diseases Ornamental trees Ornamentals

revision date: 2024-06-05 02:07

Apple scab on leaves and young fruit.
Apple scab on leaves and young fruit
Photo by: R.S. Byther


Scab of hawthorn is caused by the same fungus that causes scab on apple and crabapple. The disease infects during wet weather in the spring and initially causes small pale, watersoaked spots on the leaves. The spots enlarge and darken, first to a velvety olive-green then to black. Leaves may become distorted and often drop, sometimes resulting in severe defoliation of susceptible trees. Scab can also affect fruit, with pinhead spots enlarging to velvety olive to black blotches. The disease is most favored by cool, wet conditions and overwinters in infected plant debris.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Plant in full sun.
  • Avoid overhead irrigation.
  • Rake and destroy fallen leaves and fruit.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • Apply fungicides when buds are expanding.
  • Repeat application following label instructions until conditions are no longer favorable for disease development.
  • Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall.
  • Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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