Let me guess, the branches and leaves are turning black? I have noticed this
also on most of the Madrones where I live in Northern California, and on
most madrones in south west Oregon. Now that I think about it a bit more, it
seems that most all of the madrone in mixed evergreen woods are infected to
some extent, while those in drier oak/madrone woodlands are for the most
part free of it.
Anyhow, I believe that it is caused by the canker fungus Botrysphaeria
dothidea. I remember from a tree health course I took a while back the
instructor said that it was more prevalent on drought stressed trees, which
seems odd to me considering my above observation. Maybe those in the
oak/madrone woodlands are used to drier conditions?
Well, hope the above gives you at least a lead, you might try contacting
someone at the Department of Forestry near you.
Vernon Young wrote in message <356E45CA.E58546DF at ibm.net>...
>I live in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. It appears that
>all our beautiful wild Madrona trees are slowly dying. I can not find a
>healthy tree any where. Can anyone tell me what the problem is?
>VJYoung at IBM.net>>