Arbutus: Disease Turning Branches Black

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by Eric La Fountaine, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    My home on Salt Spring Island is home to many arbutus trees. There is a disease afflicting some of them, turning the branches black. It seems to be spreading although there are several trees still unaffected. The black limb is associated with gradual loss of foliage and other signs of disease.

    Can you tell me about this disease (which seems to be widespread on the island), and what is the best way to prevent/slow/minimize the disease both for stricken and still healthy trees.


  2. See last paragraph of first response to "Falling arbutus leaves in July?" on this forum.

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