oak wilt


Definition of oak wilt

: a destructive disease of oak trees that is caused by a fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) and is characterized by wilting, discoloration, and defoliation

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Recent Examples on the Web Pruning mid-February through mid-August, when the oak wilt fungus is active, invites far bigger chances of infection. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 Just oaks, and only to prevent entry of the oak wilt fungus into the open wounds. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 All the white oaks are less susceptible to oak wilt than live oak and the red oaks. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 For example, oaks should only be pruned in winter to prevent oak wilt, a deadly fungus spread by a kind of beetle. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 19 Dec. 2021 Cedar elm is a good replacement for oaks in areas where oak wilt is an issue. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 Paint any wounds on your oak trees immediately in order to protect the oak trees in the area from oak wilt. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Oct. 2021 The main negatives with these trees are their susceptibility to oak wilt and arguably being overused. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 Dube counted 40 oak trees around her home in Brainerd, less than 10 miles from where oak wilt was recently confirmed. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 See More

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Oak wilt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oak%20wilt. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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