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Little green leaves from ash trees, like these found along the curb in northwest Willmar near the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, are a common sight throughout town because of a weather-related disease. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Disease causing ash leaves to fall

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WILLMAR -- A weather-related disease is causing ash trees to lose their leaves in Willmar and in other cities in the region.

Anthracnose, a common type of fungal spot on ash trees, is caused by the fungus Discula and survives winter on infected plant tissue. During the spring and summer when the weather is cool and wet, spores are produced on infected tissue.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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