Brown Spots on Fig Tree Leaves

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Brown Spots on Fig Tree Leaves
Leaf rust can cause brown spots on fig leaves. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

One of the pleasures of growing fig trees near your home is the ability to eat fresh fruit every season. However, if brown spots appear on the leaves of your fig tree, it is usually a signal that something is wrong.

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Leaf rust, caused by the fungus Cerotelium fici, is a common cause of brown spots on fig tree leaves. It usually appears from middle to late summer and appears on the underside of the leaves.


Leaf rust can destroy the leaves on your fig tree. The leaves will change from green to yellow to brown and then die and drop off your tree, preventing the tree from producing fruit.


If left untreated, leaf rust will completely defoliate your tree. While no fungicide has been approved to fight leaf rust, neutral copper spray can be used to control leaf rust on your fig trees.

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