Posted: May 27, 2021

In this Pittsburgh City Paper article, Dick Till from Davey's South Pittsburgh office talks about the cedar apple rust fungus and if it's harmful to your trees. 

cedar apple rust fungus

There's plenty to watch out for while exploring the Pittsburgh wilderness this summer, including poison ivy and parasites like ticks. One thing humans don't have to worry about, despite its appearance, is cedar apple rust, a bright orange fungus that grows on trees in the spring and summer.

"Usually, you'll see it on the junipers," says Dick Till, an arborist with Davey Tree, a North American professional tree service company with offices in Pittsburgh.

While cedar apple rust looks like something out of a science-fiction movie, it's quite harmless to humans. For area trees, however, it's a whole other matter.

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