Pine Tree Diagnosis

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Pine Tree Diagnosis
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What's wrong with this Pine tree? It has been slowly dying from the top over the last 3 years, but has seemed to stabilize through this past wet year. Is this most likely drought, insects or something else? Any recommendations on tree care?

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GoofyGoletian Jun 08, 2017 08:22 PM
Pine Tree Diagnosis

It could be pitch canker which is cause by the fungus, Fusarium circinatum. Branch and tree tips die off, as well as sapping or bleeding are common signs. The fungus can be carried by beetle or fungal spores that can enter exposed wounds on the tree

ginger1 Jun 05, 2017 02:36 PM
Pine Tree Diagnosis

A reasonably intelligent guess is beetle infestation secondary to drought stress, as that is pretty common here. The treatment is to remove the dead wood, fertilize and water if you care to save the remaining tree, which will probably die anyway. But there may be new lower growth for a few years and you might be able to trim to something acceptable. Burn or discard dead wood off-site (and away from any conifers) ,

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