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Dogwood Anthracnose

Dogwood anthracnose - Invasive.orgScientific name: Discula destructiva Redlin (1991) (Redlin 1991)

Common name: Dogwood anthracnose

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Native To: Unknown (Caetano-Anolles et al. 2001)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First detected in the late 1970s (Daughtrey et al. 1996)

Means of Introduction: Unknown (Daughtrey et al. 1996)

Impact: Fungal disease of flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) trees (Daughtrey et al. 1996)

Current U.S. Distribution: Eastern U.S. and Pacific Northwest


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Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Dogwood anthracnose
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Dogwood Anthracnose Disease
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Invasive Species Compendium - Discula destructiva
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Discula destructiva (fungus)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


How to Identify and Control Dogwood Anthracnose
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area.

Dogwood Anthracnose and its Spread in the South
USDA. FS. Southern Region.

Dogwood anthracnose (Discula destructiva) in Ontario
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

Dogwood anthracnose
Natural Resources Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Forest Invasive Alien Species.


Dogwood Anthracnose (Apr 2008; PDF | 245 KB)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Dogwood Anthracnose - Integrated Pest Management Solutions for the Landscaping Professional (PDF | 100 KB)
Seattle Public Utilities (Washington). Green Gardening Program.


Anthracnose Diseases of Dogwood (PDF | 313 KB)
University of Arkansas. Division of Agriculture.

Anthracnose of Flowering Dogwood (PDF | 424 KB)
Cornell University. Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Horticulture Diagnostic Laboratory.

Dogwood Anthracnose: A Threat to Flowering Dogwood (PDF | 2.6 MB)
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Dogwood Anthracnose - HortAnswers
University of Illinois Extension.

Dogwood Anthracnose - Plant Pathology Fact Sheet (Nov 2005; PDF | 248 KB)
University of Kentucky. Cooperative Extension Service.

Dogwood anthracnose
University of Massachusetts Extension.

Diagnostic Facts: Dogwood Anthracnose (Mar 2002; PDF | 746 KB)
Michigan State University. Diagnostic Services.

Discula "Dogwood" Anthracnose - Pest Fact Sheet 39 (PDF | 45 KB)
University of New Hampshire. Cooperative Extension.



Caetano-Anolles, G., R.N. Trigiano, and M.T. Windham. 2001. Patterns of evolution in Discula fungi and the origin of dogwood anthracnose in North America, studied using arbitrarily amplified and ribosomal DNA. Current Genetics 39(5-6):346-354.

Daughtrey, M.L., C.R. Hibben, K.O. Britton, M.T. Windham, and S.C. Redlin. 1996. Dogwood anthracnose: understanding a disease new to North America. Plant Disease 80(4):349-358.

Redlin, S.C. 1991. Discula destructiva sp. nov., cause of dogwood anthracnose. Mycologia 83(5):633-642.

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