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Pyracantha scab is a fungal disease of the blossoms, leaves and fruit of Pyracantha, resulting in leaf fall, loss of flowers and disfigured fruit.
Common name Pyracantha scabScientific name Venturia inaequalis f. sp. pyracanthaePlants affected Pyracantha, Eriobotyra (loquat) and Mespilus (medlar)Main symptoms Dark spots on leaves, leaf fall, disfigured fruitCaused by FungusTiming from spring through to autumn
Pyracantha scab is an infection of the blossoms, leaves and fruit of Pyracantha by the fungus Venturia inaequalis f. sp. pyracanthae, resulting in flower loss, leaf fall and disfiguring black lesions on the fruit. The fungus was formerly known as Spilocaea pyracanthae but recent work demonstrated that the scab fungi affecting apple and pyracantha belong to the same species. Venturia inaequalis includes subpopulations that can only infect specific plant genera; therefore, the form that affects apple does not affect pyracantha and vice-versa. However, the scab fungus that affects Pyracantha also attacks Eriobotrya (loquat) and Mespilus (medlar) to a lesser extent.
You will see scab from spring until autumn.
You may see the following symptoms:
The symptoms on stems are similar to fireblight, but fireblight infection on Pyracantha is more sudden and severe than scab.
The fungicides tebuconazole (Bayer Fungus Fighter Concentrate), tebuconazole with trifloxystrobin (Bayer Fungus Fighter Plus), and triticonazole (Scotts Fungus Clear Ultra and Scotts Fungus Clear Ultra Gun) are labelled for the control of a number of other diseases on ornamental plants, and may give some control of pyracantha scab, although this is not claimed by the manufacturers.
The following products contain a combination of both insecticide and fungicide, enabling the control of both insect pests and disease: myclobutanil containing cypermethrin (Bayer MultiRose 2, Doff Rose Shield, Vitax Rosegarde, Westland Rose Rescue); tebuconazole containing deltamethrin (Bayer Multirose Concentrate 2), and triticonazole containing acetamiprid (Scotts Roseclear Ultra and Scotts Roseclear Ultra Gun). When a proprietary product contains an insecticide as well as a fungicide it would be preferable to use an alternative product if pests are not a problem on the plants treated.
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The cause of scab on Pyracantha is the fungus Venturia inaequalis f. sp. pyracanthae. The fungus overwinters on fallen leaves and probably also on shrivelled fruit remaining on the plant and in pustules on the stems, then releases spores to reinfect new growth in spring. The spores of Venturia inaequalis are dispersed mainly in water and to a limited extent by wind, so the disease is more severe under wet conditions.
Apple scab and pear scabFireblightMedlarsPyracanthaPyracantha leaf-mining mothTrees and shrubs: scab diseasesWoolly vine or currant scale
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