- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A foliage disease has caused noticeable discoloration and leaf loss in Arizona sycamore trees in parts of two counties.

The Office of the State Forester says sycamore anthracnose (ann-THRAK-nose) has been detected in Sunflower and other areas of Gila County and in the Oak Creek Canyon area of Coconino County.

According to the office, the outbreak is due mainly to the cool spring weather experienced this year.,

The office says the disease can be more unsightly than damaging because it occurs infrequently over large areas, allowing large infected trees to recover quickly from the effects.

In addition to Sunflower, other areas in Gila County where the disease was identified include Star Valley, Little Green Valley, Kohl’s Ranch and Tonto Creek.

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