Definition of coral spot in English:

coral spot

(also coral spot disease)


  • A common fungal disease of trees and shrubs, appearing as numerous minute pink or dark red cushionlike bodies on the twigs and branches and causing dieback.

    • ‘This is coral spot, a fungus which mainly attacks dead parts of woody plants, but may spread to live wood if not pruned out.’
    • ‘Plants are susceptible to coral spot fungus, especially if the wood is not properly ripened due to insufficient summer heat.’
    • ‘It succeeds in ordinary garden soil but is susceptible to Coral Spot fungus.’
    • ‘Check trees and shrubs for pink or reddish-orange spots on the bark – a sign of coral spot.’
    • ‘The cause is coral spot disease which affects many species of woody plants, although it is rare on conifers.’
    • ‘Seed collection from this tree is a struggle as the fungal disease black coral spot destroys many of the seeds.’
    • ‘A pile of logs at the crossroads of tracks at Wilderness Plantation is peppered with the fruiting bodies of coral spot fungus.’
    • ‘However, Nectria cinnabarina, coral spot canker, is the cause of a similar canker fungi found on honey locust, apple trees in orchards, and black locust trees.’