Oak Wilt

Summary: Oak Wilt is a very destructive tree disease that mostly affects Red and Live Oaks.

What is Oak Wilt?

Oak Wilt stops the tree’s vascular system from dispersing nutrients and water throughout the tree’s branches and leaves; therefore, it is of utmost importance to contact an experienced arbor care company with an ISA Certified Arborist and plant pathologist immediately when your tree begins to exhibit a weak, unhealthy appearance. Visible signs that you should watch for include premature defoliation and a thinning of the tree’s canopy.

Red oak trees will develop an overall reddish appearance to their leaves. The common discoloration of the infected foliage can range from yellow to brownish tones. Due to the rapid destruction of your tree by oak wilt, contact the best arborist and tree company and request a diagnostic evaluation. Laboratory testing is necessary to confirm oak wilt invasion. Call us today at (817) 799-7808 if you suspect your prized oak is infected by oak wilt!

Common Oak Wilt Symptoms

  • Discoloration of Foliage (leaves)
  • Curled or wilted leaves
  • Complete leaf drop often occurs by mid-summer
  • Dead crowns
  • Looks almost dead

How To Identify Oak Wilt

How Does Oak Wilt Spread?

Oak wilt is a highly infectious fungal tree destroyer and spreads rapidly throughout your residential grounds utilizing insect activity or from the root systems of infected trees being in close vicinity of each other and entangling. Oak wilt spreads quickly and infected trees can die within several months or less. This deadly tree disease is responsible for destroying over one million stately oak trees throughout Fort Worth, Texas, and the DFW metroplex, as well as North and Central Texas.

We cannot stress enough how critical it is that you contact us at (817) 799-7808 and request that our ISA Certified Arborist and plant pathologist evaluate the health of your oak tree and test the tree to see if it is infected with oak wilt! If your tree is infected, there is no time to lose!

Is Oak Wilt Treatable?

Yes, Oak Wilt can be combated by using tree injections to boost the tree’s immune system also known as “CODIT” or “compartmentalization of decay in trees”.

What is the Mortality Rate for Oak Wilt?

About 85% of Red and Live Oaks die from Oak Wilt if not treated in time.

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