Black spot is a fungal disease often found in roses. The symptoms include irregular purple or black spots on the upper part of leaves, and leaf drop.
The black spots are circular with a perforated edge, and reach a diameter of 14 mm (1⁄2 inch). Badly affected plants, however, will not show the circular patterning, as they combine to cause a large, black mass. The common treatment of the disease is to remove the affected leaves and spray with antifungal solutions. Some stems of the roses may become affected if untreated, and will cause progressive weakening of the rose.
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