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Common Tree Diseases in Oklahoma

Note: Diseases infect weakened trees more readily than healthy trees. Good tree care can eliminate or reduce disease problems, as well as prevent them from occurring.

Common Leaf Diseases

Irregular dead areas on leaf margins,
between and across and/or along veins, often moving onto
the shoots and small twigs; sometimes whole leaves are

Leaf spot—
Dead spot on the leaf that is well defined
from healthy tissue.

Leaf blotch—
Dead area on the leaf that often diffuses
into healthy tissues.

Loss of dead areas inside of spots that result
in a series of holes in the leaf.

Leaf spot or blotch that is swollen or raised, so
that the area appears blister-like on the upper surface of the leaf.

Powdery mildew—
Superficial growth of white to gray‑white fungus material on leaves and shoots.

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Common Diseases of Conifers

Dothistroma Needle Blight of Pines-

can cause the premature loss of needles of several varieties
of pine. This disease, if uncontrolled for several years, can severely weaken and eventually kill these trees.

Diplodia Tip Blight-
previously known as Sphaeropsis tip blight, is a common fungal disease of stressed conifers, especially pines with needles in bunches of 2’s and 3’s. Diplodia kills needles at the tips of branches. Symptoms often start on the lower half of the tree and progress upwards. When the new needles are expanding, they become stunted, turn yellow, and then turn tan or brown.

Needle cast-
Rhizosphaera needle cast is the most common disease on spruce trees. Disease symptoms include a browning or purpling of needles, which eventually drop from the tree leaving bare patches. Typically symptoms first appear on the lower branches of a tree and work from the inside of the tree out. 

Phomopsis Blight of Junipers-
This is the most common disease of cedar, juniper, and arborvitae in Oklahoma. Phomopsis blight is a foliar disease caused by the fungal pathogen Phomopsis juniperovora. It is most aggressive during cool, moist weather. Continuously wet foliage is needed for infection to occur. Areas with heavy shade and poor drainage allow for moist, slow drying areas for the disease to thrive in.

Cedar apple rust-
This disease is very common on juniper or cedar trees in Oklahoma. The most striking feature of this disease is the gall that appears on the cedar in the spring.

Pinewood Nematode Disease of Pines a.k.a Pine wilt-
Pine wilt is caused by the pinewood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, which kills conifers, especially pines, of many species. The nematode is transmitted by sawyer beetles, a wood-boring bark beetle, through their feeding wounds into the resin canals. Here, the nematode will reproduce and hinder the movement of water through water-conducting tissues, eventually causing the plant to wilt.

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Biscogniauxia (Hypoxylon) Canker and Dieback of Trees-

A disease of stressed trees. The fungus enters the tree through wounds and natural openings in the bark.Biscogniauxia sp. is a white rot fungus that decays sapwood by breaking down the cellulose and lignin in the wood. Exposed Stromata are the most obvious sign of this disease and make it easy to identify in the field.

Sudden Oak Death-

Caused by a newly identified fungus Phytophthora ramorum. This fungus causes a bleeding canker on the stem. An afflicted oak will develop a girdle of dead tissue underneath the bark around its circumference that destroys the tree's vascular system, and the tree dies rapidly, sometimes within a few weeks.

Oak wilt-
An aggressive fungus disease caused by Ceratocystis
fagacearum. Symptoms include wilting and discoloration of the
foliage, premature leaf drop, and rapid death of the
tree within days or weeks of the first symptoms.

Oak decline-
a slow-acting disease complex that can kill physiologically mature
trees in the upper canopy. Progressive dieback of the crown is the main symptom of oak decline and is an expression
of an impaired root system. This disease can kill
susceptible oaks within 3-5 years of the onset of
crown symptoms.

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Pecan scab-

affects the leaves, shucks, and twigs of the infected plant and manifests as small (1 to 5 mm), circular, black or olive green lesions. Scab fungus (Cladosporium caryigenum) invades young, rapidly growing shoots and leaves and later the developing nuts. Pruning to open up the tree for better air circulation will help reduce scab occurrence by reducing the number of infection periods occurring during the year. Good sanitation practices may help prevent the disease. Removal and destruction of all fallen leaves, shucks, and nuts each winter or early spring helps reduce tissue that is often involved in the primary infection. Also, selective pruning of infected tissue during the dormant season may help reduce the level of scab disease.

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