Leaf Tatter

By The Old House Web

Leaf Tatter

Symptom: Leaves have jagged, open spaces between their main veins.

Cause: When spring leaf buds are expanding, a sudden frost can kill the whole bud or the tip of the bud. Injured leaves may suddenly turn brown or black a day or two after the frost. When an expanded bud is injured by frost, leaves that emerge have a torn or tattered appearance because portions of the leaf tissues are dead.

Control: There are no practical means of preventing frost damage.

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