ForesTree - A Guide to Tree Health

Pest and Disease Information

Coast Live Oak
  • Quercus agrifolia - Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Goldspotted Oak Borer, Aphids, Beetle Borers, Beetle Grubs, Caterpillars, Coddling Moths, Insect Galls, Scales and White Fly, Sudden Oak Death, Crown Rot, Mistletoe, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot and Sooty Mold. Additional and expanded information listed below.

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12 Records Found
Disease or Pest NameDescription of Disease or Pest

Oak root fungus
Armillaria mellea

Armillaria_melleaArmillaria cases reduced terminal growth and general decline in affected plants, As the Armillaria advances dieback of twigs and branches (most apparent in hardwoods) can occur. Crown symptoms include chl...

Phytophthora root disease
Phytophthora cinnamomi

Phytophthora_cinnamomiP. cinnamomi causes a general plant decline. Plants can be killed quickly causing them to retain dead leaves for a long period. Plant symptoms include leaf and twig dieback, bleeding through bark cracks,...

Powdery Mildew
Microsphaera alni

Powdery mildew may occur on any green plant tissue or on flowers and fruits. Light colored mats of fungal growth often appear on infected leaves. Infected leaves may drop prematurely and leaves and shoot...

Sooty Mold
Phaeosaccardinula dermatia

Phaeosaccardinula_dermataSooty mold is indicated by black or dark, resinous, hyphal growth on upper and lower leaf, fruit, twig, and branch surface. This commonly occurs where aphids or mites are working on the foliage of the tre...

Sudden Oak Death
Phytophthora ramorum

AerialPhytophthora ramorum causes two types of symptoms on affected plants. In some it causes bleeding cankers on the mainstem with red-brown exudate. Zone lines are present around diseased tissue when bark is ...

True Mistletoe
Phoradendron villosum

phoradendron_villosumTrue mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant with developed stems and leaves. The infection causes swollen branches and brooming. Most infections start in the upper crown of the tree, since the plant i...

California oakworm
Phryganidia californica

phryganidia_californicaCalifornia oakworm is an important defoliating pest of ornamental coast live oak. Most years it is of little concern, but some years the damage is extensive. California oakworm seldom kills trees, but it...

Prionoxystus robiniae

Prionoxystus_robiniaeThe carpenterworm attacks small and large trees in the trunk or limbs. It prefers open grown trees. The adult is a large grayish moth, which appears in the early summer. Eggs are deposited in bark crev...

Fruittree leafroller
Archips argyrospila

moth"Fruittree leafroller can be a serious pest throughout California. It occurs on a very large number of ornamental trees and is particularly damaging to deciduous and live oaks. Even if completely defoliate...

Gall wasp

Cynipidae_gallHundreds of species of gall wasps occur in the oaks in California. The female wasp deposits her egg in the plant tissue and the plant produces the gall around the developing wasp. They generally do not d...

Gold-spotted Oak Borer
Agrilus auroguttatus

Agrilus_auroguttatusAgrilus auroguttatus (formerly called Agrilus coxalis) is killing oak trees by the thousands in Southern California, according to a report by the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service entomologists previousl...

Oak pit scales
Asterolecanium minus

Asterolecanium_minusOak pit scales feed on oak twigs causing ring-shaped depressions on the bark. Death of twigs and distorted terminal growth may result from heavy infestations. Mature scales appear as brown, gold, or gree...