Oaks in Peril

March 2008
Wildflower (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center);Spring2008, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p15
The article discusses the sudden oak death that has killed more than a million native oak and tanoak tress on coastal California and Oregon. The fungus that affects, yet does not kill the oaks, is called Phytopthora ramorum while the rhododendrons is believed to be spread by the non-oak hosts. Foresters fear that the disease will eventually make its way to other parts of the country affecting the eastern U.S. species, northern red oak, and pin oak which are said to be highly vulnerable.


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