Weather stress is making post oaks more susceptible to disease

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

In the lush green landscape of a season with plentiful rain, memories of the record Texas drought of 2011 could fade. But hundreds of calls, emails and tree samples sent to the Texas Plant Diagnostic Lab in College Station tell a different story.

“Since the early spring to late summer, there have been many inquiries as to why post oaks have ‘suddenly’ died,” said Dr. Kevin Ong, director of the lab, which is operated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Continue reading