Butternut Canker and Others
Canker Diseases - Hardwoods
Cankers on butternut caused by Ophiognomonia (old name: Sirococcus) clavigignenti-juglandacerarum. The bark has been removed to show the cankered areas.
This cross section of a butternut tree shows cankers were produced for many years. At first only a few cankers were on the tree and the tree recovered. However, in later years the number of cankers and size of the cankers increased. Coalescing cankers kill butternut trees.
Pycnidia form on cankered stems producing conidia. No sexual state is known.
Black Knot of Cherry
Main stem of cherry with black knot, Apiosporina morbosa.
Branches of cherry with black knot.
Perithecia are formed in the black stroma producing ascospores that cause new infections.
White fungal growth can sometimes be seen on black knot. This is a mycoparasite called Trichothecium that attacks the black knot.
Many perennial cankers on a willow.
When the bark is removed from the cankered willow the diamond-shaped cankers can be seen.
Cross section through a canker on willow showing 4 perennial cankers. The white regions are the only areas where the sapwood is still alive.
Canker caused by Aurantioporthe (old name: Cryptodiaporthe) corni on the main stem of alternate leaf dogwood. The canker has a bright golden coloration. The dark reddish bark is the natural color ofthe bark and the area not yet affected by the canker causing fungus.
Pycnidia and perithecia form on the cankered stems.
Soon after the cankers form, pycnidia can be seen (raised bumps on the stem). The pycnidia will produce masses of asexual spores.