Combating Maple Tar Spots

What Are Maple Tar Spots?

Maple Tar Spot, a fungal disease affecting Maples, leaves distinctive black spots on leaves. Although primarily cosmetic, it can weaken trees over time. In early spring, our expert team initiates preventive and curative measures to protect your Maple trees and maintain their aesthetic appeal.

Identifying Maple Tar Spot Symptoms

  • Black Spots: The hallmark symptom of Maple Tar Spot is the appearance of black, tar-like spots on Maple leaves, typically in late summer or early fall.
  • Leaf Discoloration: Infected leaves may exhibit yellowing or premature browning around the spots, affecting the tree’s overall appearance.
  • Reduced Aesthetic Value: Severe infestations can significantly diminish the ornamental value of Maple trees, impacting their visual appeal in landscapes.


Unchecked, Maple Tar Spot can gradually weaken Maple trees, compromising their overall health and vigor. Additionally, the unsightly appearance of black tar-like spots on leaves detracts from the tree’s aesthetic appeal, diminishing its beauty in landscapes and gardens.

Cultural Practices for Prevention

In addition to fungicide treatments, we advocate for cultural practices that help minimize the risk of Apple Scab, such as:

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Regularly prune your Maple trees to promote better air circulation and sunlight penetration within the canopy. This reduces the humidity levels and creates an environment less favorable for fungal growth.

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Leaf Removal

 Promptly remove fallen leaves from the ground, especially those infected with Maple Tar Spot. This helps to reduce the number of fungal spores in the area, minimizing the risk of reinfection.

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Fungicide Treatment

when applied during the appropriate spring timing and ensuring thorough coverage, yield effective results.

Take Action Today!

Don’t let Maple Tar Spot compromise the beauty and vitality of your Maple trees. Contact us at Get-R-Cut to schedule a consultation and learn more about our specialized treatment plans tailored to combat Maple Tar Spot and preserve the health and aesthetics of your landscape.