In case you have been wondering…The Bradford Pear trees at both entrances have “Pear Rust”. Pear rust is a disease caused by the rust fungus Gymnosporangium sabinae, which causes bright orange spots on the upper surfaces of pear leaves in summer and early autumn. This fungus attacks both pears and junipers. In fact it needs both plants in order to complete its life cycle. As long as there are junipers in the area, this will be continue to be a problem.
Rust diseases rarely kill their hosts as they need live tissue to feed on. Cool, moist conditions favor heavy infections.
The Board has had this situation evaluated by our Arborist. However, the trees can only be treated early in the spring to combat this disease and hence the situation is being monitored.