Here are 3 types of fungi you should keep an eye out for in your own back yard. These fungi can definitely impact you backyard if not treated properly.
1. Fungi Dutch Elm Disease (Ophiostoma)
As it’s name indicates, Dutch Elm Disease (DED) affects Elm trees and is spread via the Elm Bark Beetle. The earliest indication of DED are wilted leaves during summer months when leaves should be vibrant and full. As the disease progresses branches and bark begin to die back as well.
2. Butternut Canker (Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum)
While this disease primarily affects the Butternut Tree, it has been known albeit rarely to impact hickory trees as well. You will find large swatches of dead areas (cankers) throughout the tree. Additionally there is a mass of black fungus that forms under the bark with large horn like pegs break through the bark.
3. Oak Wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum)
This disease is specific to Oak trees. You will notice wilting leaves, defoliation, discoloration and eventually the death of the tree. The disease is especially tricky as it’s passed via insects and/or interconnected roots.
If you suspect that any of your trees are infected don’t hesitate to give us a call. Just as with humans, early detection is key to preventing these treatable diseases from turning fatal.