sunscald

noun
sun·scald | \ ˈsən-ˌskȯld \

Definition of sunscald 

: an injury of woody plants (such as fruit or forest trees) characterized by localized death of the tissues and sometimes by cankers and caused when it occurs in the summer by the combined action of both the heat and light of the sun and in the winter by the combined action of sun and low temperature to produce freezing of bark and underlying tissues

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And if any of those new plants happens to be an oak or Chinese pistachio, wrap its trunk with paper tree wrap to protect the thin bark from sunscald and invasion by borers. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Lay the tops of one row over the bulbs of another to help prevent sunscald. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 Heat Injury Temperatures that are too high cause sunscald of fruits, leaves, or trunks on the sunny side of the plant. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 By either name, wrap that trunk for this year and next to prevent sunscald and decay. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Too-pruned vitex is going to look pretty funny," 27 Apr. 2018 Wrap trunks of new oaks and Chinese pistachios to protect them from sunscald and borer invasion. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here, an expert's guide to help you maximize returns on time, expenses in gardening," 16 Feb. 2018 Stem canker problems can develop as a result of stem injury such as sunscald, winter injury or wounding. OregonLive.com, "How do you treat stem canker in a maple tree? Ask an expert," 1 Nov. 2017 Aside from being very attractive and nutritious, the blue pigment helps protect the fruit from sunscald and gives the tomatoes a long shelf life. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, "Master Gardener, ‘crazy tomato lady’ offers tips on best new varieties," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sunscald

1850, in the meaning defined above

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