Wild Observations Walking
October 16, 2012 § 6 Comments
Tagged: fall maple leaves, raindrop, tar spot
Love the fall colors!!! 🙂
Isn’t this just the best season?
I have never seen spots like those. I wonder what caused them.
Hi Jan, it’s a fungus called black spot, which is particular to maple tree leaves of several varieties (I googled it). It doesn’t damage the tree at all, but it’s from accumulated decaying leaves on the ground around the tree. If the leaves aren’t raked up every fall and bagged and disposed of at the dump (not your compost), the spores get into the new leaves growing in the spring again. It takes about 3 years to get rid of it by raking the fallen leaves. We live here in a forest so the maples will continue to beautify with their polka dotted leaves.
Thank you, Reena!
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