Tree blight refers to a group of tree diseases which are caused by fungus or bacteria. Tree blight can be very detrimental to the health of the tree, and if left unchecked, could result in a need for tree removal. Tree disease identification and treatment begins with a comprehensive inspection of your landscape by one of SavATree’s industry-certified arborists. During a consultation, your arborist will be able to determine the overall health of the landscape, identify specific types of tree blight, and recommend any needed tree service. SavATree’s experience, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment enable us to quickly diagnose tree blight and recommend specific treatments for tree protection and vitality.
The certified arborists at SavATree are experienced tree doctors who diagnose and treat blight for many types of trees, including pine tree varieties, elm tree varieties, dogwood tree varieties, maple tree varieties, cherry tree varieties, apple trees, ash trees, willow trees and many others. Below are some of the most common types of tree blight.
Diplodia blight affects conifers of all kinds including ornamental evergreen shrubbery. It is one of the most common types of pine tree diseases and can affect any of the pine tree varieties. Symptoms of this kind of tree blight include stunted growth of new shoots with brown needles.
Dothistroma blight is another common type of pine tree disease and affects many different pine tree varieties. It is a foliar disease, which means that it infects and kills the pine tree needles. It is a serious form of tree blight that can kill the tree and require tree removal.
Anthracnose is a type of tree blight which affects many hardwood tree varieties. It is common among dogwood trees including white dogwood trees and pink dogwood trees. It also affects oak tree varieties and sycamore trees. This tree fungus grows in cool, damp weather such as early spring or late fall. If left untreated over time, this type of tree blight can kill these hardwood trees or cause a need for tree removal. Symptoms of these tree diseases include dead areas or spots on the tree leaves.
Maple wilt is a type of tree blight that can affect many different maple tree varieties, including the Japanese red maple tree, sugar maple tree and other varieties of red maple trees. This type of tree disease is caused by a fungus that grows in the soil and can have a devastating effect on maple trees, sometimes even requiring tree removal. Symptoms of this type of maple tree blight include brown-looking leaves or large branches that have died.
Chestnut blight is caused by a fungus and is notorious for causing the American chestnut tree to become nearly extinct since it was discovered in the early 1900s. Arborists continue to work to restore chestnut tree populations, especially in Massachusetts.
Dutch Elm Disease has felled feature elm trees on many northeastern landscapes. As a preventive measure, specimen elm trees can be successfully trunk injected during the spring/summer with a treatment that will prevent the development of the Dutch Elm Disease fungus for up to three years. However, this tree disease treatment is not always effective against previously infected trees.
Fire blight is a specific bacterial infection that commonly affects orchard trees, such as apple trees, and which may impact the production of edible fruit. SavATree’s fruit tree disease treatments follow a protocol developed by several leading universities, utilizing the minimum number of treatments required to facilitate a productive harvest.
Sycamore Anthracnose is a common type of tree fungus that results in extensive defoliation, shoot dieback, and twig death of your sycamore trees especially when extended periods of cool wet weather occur in the spring. Because it is very difficult to control through conventional disease treatments, SavATree uses a macroinfusion system that will prevent infection of your sycamore specimens for up to three years.
SavATree can also help prevent and treat other common tree fungus diseases including weeping cherry trees and oak tree varieties. Call today for a complimentary consultation with SavATree’s fully trained professionals and certified arborists. Click here to contact the office nearest you.
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