Tree Rot in Missouri Stems From Drought in 2012

Bill Reker

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Tree Rot is becoming more evident in Missouri according to Department of Conservation Forest Pathologist Simeon Wright.

“We think a lot of that probably goes back to the drought we had in 2012,” Wright say. “We had a very several drought a few years ago and that is quite stressful for trees.”

Stressful because that drought may have weakened trees making them susceptible to fungus. He doesn’t have an estimate of how many trees have been effected but says it can take years for the trees to show decline.

Wright says he does not have a complete analysis of the problem but says if you suspect a tree in decline, call an arborist.

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