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Recent tree scourge poses garden threat

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9:09am, August 6, 2002

From Milwaukee, Wisc., at a meeting of the American Phytopathological Society

Lab tests suggest that a lethal disease of oak trees in California and Oregon could strike some popular garden shrubs in the rhododendron family. Caused by the funguslike microbe Phytophthora ramorum (SN: 8/5/00, p. 86; SN 8/3/02, p. 70: Bleeding Trees: Microbial suspect named in beech deaths), the disease attacks an unusually wide range of species.

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