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Old 09-10-2019, 11:58 AM   #1
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The biggest tree on my property, a majestic white oak, has recently started having several large branches suddenly dry up and die. About 40% of the tree is affected now. It is very heart breaking seeing this.
As I drive around here in Virginia, I'm noticing a lot of large oaks suddenly dry up and die like this. I emailed a master naturalists group I'm apart of, and nobody seems to have a clear idea what is going on besides our fluky weather.
Do any of you have any ideas about what could be afflicting oak trees all of a sudden like this? Also, what steps should I take if there is any hope of saving my tree.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:19 AM   #2
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The Sudden Oak Death pathogen has been found in Ohio--not sure if it is in Virginia or not, but your state DNR might know. https://www.indystar.com/story/news/...as/1262141001/
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:51 PM   #3
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This is heartbreaking.
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Old 09-23-2019, 10:50 AM   #4
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This is heartbreaking.
It sure is. I feel like I'm observing the end of life as we've known it. Species after species in serious trouble and the great majority of people are not even aware of what they are losing and the ramifications involved...
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Update= we ended up having to cut down the tree due to some pretty ridiculous behavior by my neighbor who thought it would fall on his property.
This year hasn't been so bad for the oaks, but I still see lots or dried up trees getting cut down all around me. I'm still hoping to get some replacement species planted before it gets too cold this season.
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Old 10-15-2020, 07:55 AM   #6
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Update= we ended up having to cut down the tree due to some pretty ridiculous behavior by my neighbor who thought it would fall on his property.
This year hasn't been so bad for the oaks, but I still see lots or dried up trees getting cut down all around me. I'm still hoping to get some replacement species planted before it gets too cold this season.
Was the tree found to be diseased? If so, with what?
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:41 PM   #7
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Here in Northern Massachusetts, I have eight white oaks. All are thriving. I certainly hope what has happened to hemlocks in my area doesn't happen with oaks.
I just watched the new David Attenborough documentary on Netflix and found it terrifying. I have such high regard for David that when he projects future catastrophes, I fully believe him... "A Life on this Planet" is the name of the documentary , and it is pretty much brand new and just released...
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:02 PM   #8
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I saw that too. It's heart wrenching...What we've done to our planet!!!!

I no longer see the luna moths nor the whippoorwills we once did when we were children. Land that went on for miles and miles out west is now filled with homes. No more .......as far as you can see wilderness. Grasshoppers, butterflies, bees, all dwindling down in my lifetime.
Fireflies, where are they? That........ is just a few of what I've noticed depleted and going down the drain.
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Old 10-21-2020, 12:00 AM   #9
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I watched the Attenborough documentary too, brutal. People think Im crazy for moving further from "the beach", but I expect all the bad effects to be in full swing in 10-20 years including increased frequency and severity of storms and sea level rise. Even if we could stop all emissions right now, it would take decades to get co2 levels back down and restore the habitat. It took decades to make the problem and there is no instant replacement of old growth rain forest.

I did see that white oaks are less susceptible than red oaks to sudden oak death and bacterial leaf scorch.
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