I’ve lost two oaks to Oak Wilt. Now we may loose more of our oaks to a new threat spreading across from the west coast.
It’s not just oak that are effected, bay laurels, rhododendron and viburnum are also susceptible.
In sudden oak death the leaves at the top die first, canker appear leaking reddish sap, then beetles attack the tree.
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Check plants before you bring them home from the nursery and remove and destroy effected plants.