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Does Dutch elm disease still exist?

Dutch elm disease is caused by a fungus called Ophiostoma ulmi (formerly Ceratocystis ulmi) that was introduced to the U.S. in the early 1930s. The disease is still a threat today, but fortunately, several resistant American elm and hybrid elm selections are available or being developed.

How do I identify a Dutch elm tree?

Elm Tree Identification Elm trees can be identified by their gray bark with deep furrows, pointed oval leaves that have double-serrated margins, and their large sprawling canopy. Elm flowers are inconspicuous clusters of flowers appearing in spring that mature into round samaras, or elm seeds.

How effective is Dutch elm treatment?

The Science of Matching the Tool to the Job Macro-injections, micro-injections, soil applied treatments, even bark sprays as well as a number of different fungicide formulations. We have a 99.5% success rate preventing elms from infection by this disease.

How much does it cost to treat Dutch elm disease?

Treating for Dutch Elm Disease is easy and relatively cheap! The fungicide costs about $0.25 per 10 ml injector dose and Chemjets cost about $13 each and can be reused for years.

When did Dutch elm disease start?

1910

How did the Dutch elm disease spread?

Dutch elm disease can spread through root grafts from an infected tree to adjacent healthy elms. If possible, sever root grafts with a vibratory plow before the infected tree is removed in order to prevent this movement. Choose Dutch elm disease resistant cultivars for new plantings or as replacement trees.

Why is the Dutch elm disease so destructive?

Why are they harmful?: The spread of Dutch elm disease was absolutely devastating to elm trees in the United States. Most large American elm trees succumbed to the disease and were lost as it spread throughout the country. The disease is spread when bark beetles feed on healthy trees, or through root grafts.

Can you burn Dutch elm wood?

If an elm tree is diagnosed with DED, all wood must be burned or buried.

What does Dutch elm disease do to trees?

The cause of Dutch Elm Disease The fungus invades the water transporting vessels and produces toxins which cause the tree to react defensively to block the advance of the fungus. The combination of the toxins and the defense mechanisms of the tree prevent the flow of water, which causes wilting and tree death.

What does elm tree disease look like?

Dutch Elm Disease Signs and Symptoms Leaves wilt, turn yellow, and ultimately turn brown. Premature leaf drop. Flagging or branch death. Brown streaking in sapwood—the newly formed, softer outer layer of wood underneath the bark.