Tree fungus causing leaves to drop around Boise

Posted at 5:58 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 07:58:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — The City of Trees is having a problem with tree fungus. Officials with the city say sycamore trees, especially in the North End, the East End and parts of Ann Morrison Park have become infected with a disease.

The diseases causes the trees to lose their leaves early and carry spores that can infect other trees.

Experts tell us it is caused by all the rain we have received over the past few months.

"A tree that is more stressed out due to the lack of water or heavily compacted soils then will be more susceptible to being effected by this disease," said Matthew Perkins, a forestry specialist for Boise Parks and Recreation.

The disease is causing gutters and storm drains to become clogged with a lot of leaves earlier than normal. Ada County Highway District crews are helping the city clean up the leaves in the storm drains.

If you rake the leaves up yourself, officials recommend you wear a dust mask, since there are small hairs on the leaves that can become airborne.