If nuts are continuously exposed to the sun, the husk surface may show yellowish brown spots that develop
into dark brown leathery lesions by mid- or late summer. Sunburned nuts have shriveled and darkened kernels.
The bark of young tree trunks and exposed limbs on older trees are also sensitive to sunburn. Sunburned
bark is cracked and appears bleached.
To minimize sunburn damage to nuts, maintain a healthy foliage with adequate irrigation, fertilizer,
and other cultural practices. Control aphids on early varieties, such as 'Payne', as honeydew produced
by aphids can contribute to sunburn. Paint tree trunks with whitewash or a white, water-based paint to
protect them against sunburn.
and shriveled kernels