What is Oak Wilt?

Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oak trees at epidemic levels in Central Texas. The disease is caused by the reaction of susceptible oaks to the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum. The fungus causes the water conducting system of the tree to become plugged causing the tree to wilt, drop its leaves and eventually die. Once infected, the oak wilt fungus can cause mortality in oak trees rather quickly, often times in as little as months or weeks. Therefore, its important to act immediately when you suspect your oak tree to be infected. While oak wilt is always fatal in red oaks, live oaks can be treated with fungicide. Fungicide treatments have a greater chance of success the sooner they are applied. 

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1. Whom should I hire to prune my trees?
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4. What is Oak Wilt?