Sudden Oak Death
Sudden oak death is caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, and is responsible for the widespread die back of tanoak and several oak species in the central and northern coastal counties of
In 2003 and 2004 a number of infected ornametal hosts such as Camellia and Rhododendron have been detected in nuseries throughout the U.S.
The California Oak Mortality Task Force maintains a website to provide information on Sudden Oak Death.
This website contains a wealth of information including symptoms, distribution of the disease, management efforts, state-wide contacts, publications, as well as links to other sudden oak death – related sites: http://suddenoakdeath.org.