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Tar spot needle cast

Tar spot needle cast - Fruiting bodies of <em>Davisomycella ampla</em> on lodgepole pine
  • Latin name: Davisomycella ampla (J.J. Davis) Darker
  • French name: Rouge du pin gris
  • Division: Ascomycota
  • Class: Rhytismatales
  • Synonym(s): Hypodermella ampla (J.J. Davis) Darker,
    Lophodermium ampla (J.J. Davis) J.J. Davis


Needle, Annual shoot



Damage, symptoms and biology

Oval, black fruiting bodies form on straw-coloured portions of needles. These areas are often separated from green tissue by an orange-brown band.

Other information

The spores mature in late May and early June on needles infected the previous year. In humid weather, the fruiting bodies open and their spores are dispersed by wind and rain. Spores deposited on current-year needles are the source of new infections. Needles infected the previous year drop at that time. A serious infection can reduce growth.

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Tar spot needle cast

Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Jack pine, shore pine

Secondary host(s)

Lodgepole pine


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