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Just like any plant out there, trees are not immune to tree diseases too. Despite how well cared for they are and how healthy they seem to appear, there are many instances when they are just suddenly struck with a problem. As a tree owner, you have to remember that it is your early detection to these problems that will depend whether you can save these trees or not. Visit this site for more detailed tree disease and insect information So, getting to know what are the common problems that they tend to experience is very important.

Cross section of a diseased tree

Identifying Harmful Tree Diseases

When tree problems are caught in time, there are many instances when steps can still be taken to resolve them, just because you have a tree that has caught a disease does not mean that it is going to be an immediate death sentence. There are many instances when the disease has been successfully treated after the fungi or bacteria that is causing it has been identified.

Canker disease - This condition often comes in three forms. There is the Phomopsis, the Nectria, and the Cytospora. They often resemble as a blister along the branch or the bark of a tree just like how a canker sore is. This is often caused by an open wound on the branches of the tree that became infected with either fungus or bacteria. Watch this video to learn more and see the effect of canker disease:

Heart rot - This is a disease which a lot of deciduous trees tend to be susceptible of. It is common in birch, beech, dogwood, cedar, as well as in maple trees. It occurs when these trees are not pruned properly, is damaged by insects, animals, or fire, or is left with branches that have been broken. Just like with canker, this is also a disease that is caused by a fungus that thrived on the bare wood or the open wound of a tree.

Root and butt rot - This is a condition that can affect those hardwood trees in their butt or at the roots. The butt of a tree is that base on its trunk that is at the same level as the ground. This is usually a leathery and black fungus that spreads from the ground up to the trunk of the tree. A sign that this is a likely problem in your tree is when you find mushroom growing on the soil that is right at the tree’s base.

Powdery mildew - This is a condition that trees such as chokeberry, catalpa, crabapple, and linden. This is usually a gray or white powder growth that is very much like talcum powder that can seem on the cleaves of the trees. It is a very common condition that is persistent in dry and warm climates.

Sooty mold - This is a condition to which trees like linden, maples, elm, and boxelder are likely going to be prone to. This is a disease that is known for attacking several species of trees though especially where there is a prevalent population of feeding insect. The mold fungus causing the condition feeds off of the honeydew insect. It is usually a powdery and black coating that is found on both the surrounding soil of the tree and the leaves.

Successfully identifying these diseases is half the battle to overcoming this challenge. Check out photos of some of the more common tree disease here Use the above tips and indicators to spot a disease and save your tree from severe damage or death.