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My Santa Rosa plum has some disease that leaves a black covering on the leaves, fruit and stems, and covers everything under the t

ree. There is also sap oozing from the tree. What is this and how can I treat it and save this mature plum tree? All the fruit has now dropped, so is pruning appropriate now?


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#1 Comment By BushDoctor On 08/13/2019 @ 8:10 am

This sounds like black sooty mold! This can be caused by many things, but most usually from aphids or other insects. As far as pruning goes- I would wait until it is cooler. Spring or Autumn will be the appropriate time to prune.

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