Industry News: Tree Health

Q: What's the life expectancy for a maple infected with verticillium wilt?

Friday, July 29, 2016  

Q: In general, how much more time can I expect to get out of my 60-year-old maple tree that has early stages of verticillium wilt, and the same for my pin oak, which has had slime flux for the past two years? (There are conflicting reports about slime flux that it's more of an appearance thing since it goes away.)

A: The life expectancy for a maple infected with verticillium wilt can be extremely variable. For example, if only a single branch is symptomatic and the growing conditions are favorable, the tree could live for a number of years. However, if all or the majority of the crown is symptomatic, then you may lose the tree within a year or two.

Responder: Jason C. Miller, RCA #526, Cinnaminson, NJ