Silver leaf

Silver leaf is a fungal disease of the wood and leaves of some trees, especially plums, apples, apricots and cherries. The fungus infects the wood through wounds and causes a silvering of the leaves followed by death of the branch.

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Silver leaf on plum. Image: RHS, Horticultural Science

Quick facts

Common name Silver leaf
Scientific name Chondrostereum purpureum
Plants affected Plums, apples, apricots, cherries, Rhododendron and Laburnum
Main symptoms Silvery leaves, branch dieback, wood staining
Caused by Fungus
Timing Infectious spores are active from September to May

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