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Horse chestnut bleeding canker

Horse chestnut bleeding canker is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae and causes rust-brown spots on the trunk.

See also:
Bacterial canker

Door de bloedingsziekte aangetaste paardenkastanje, foto: F lamiot - CC BY-SA 3.0

Horse chestnut bleeding canker is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae. The bark of the horse chestnut shows bark infections: damp spots oozing rusty brown moisture. The moisture dry to rust-brown crusts. The affected bark is easily removed. Below it, the trunk dies. The infection can be deadly to the tree.
The disease was not found in Europe until 2002.

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Control

Cut away affected areas and disinfect.

Prevention

Keep the horse chestnut healthy by actively controlling the Horse chestnut leaf-mining moth and by watering it during prolonged drought and fertilizing it once every few years.