May 23, 2003
The wet spring conditions this year have favored the development of anthracnose on shade trees. Symptoms of anthracnose have been observed on white oak, ash, sycamore, and maple. The distortion and browning of leaf tissue have created some concern for observant tree owners. Anthracnose fungi also can cause early loss of leaves.
Few plants are revered like tree peonies. The Chinese tree peony is the national flower of China and was once grown exclusively by the emperor. For centuries the blossoms of tree peonies have been called luminescent, silky, exotic, exquisite, and magnificent. The accolades continue today.
What is a tree peony?