Black knot fungus has the potential to contaminate Mayday trees, Chokecherry trees, and any other tree in the Prunus family. Though black knot fungus infects mostly the plant species named Prunus, it is still worth your attention because it can significantly alter the look of these trees and if it spreads, black knot fungus can kill a tree.
It is known by a group of thick black masses that develop along the tree branches. This fungal condition is usually seen on cherry trees, but it is not limited to only this tree type.
What Damage is Black Knot Fungus?
Although black knot fungus is not always deadly, it can spread and grow all through your trees. It will destroy your trees' health and its value.
When cherry trees are contaminated with black knot fungus, they can live for several years, yet they won’t be as visually pleasing as your other trees. The last thing you want is to have a diseased, sickly looking tree in your outdoor living space.
How to Deal with Black Knot Fungus
Put forth the effort and put in the necessary time to eliminate the branches that have been infested with black knot fungus. Be sure to accurately sanitize your pruning tools to stop how much of the fungus is transported between your trees. Do a precise pruning, and you will boost the tree’s vitality and visual appeal.
Prune the infested branches about two to four inches under every knot. Then take the diseased branches to the nearest landfill. Black knot fungus replicates in the springtime so don’t prune during this time.
Only prune the trees when they are dormant. Preferably, you will prune them in the late winter months when the knot-like lumps can be easily detected. If you were to wait until the springtime to prune the branches, you would discover that the disease is very active and transportable via the spores.
Contact Tree Contractors
If you have any question about limbs and trees that have been infested with black knot fungus, contact a tree contractor for assistance. A tree specialist is thoroughly educated in a host of pruning methods such as black knot fungus removal.