Oak Wilt, cause by a fungus, is deadly to this tree species, especially those in the red oak family.
Cheltenham Township was informed today by our arborist at Rockwell Associates, that a fatal fungus may soon affect our urban forest and streetscapes: oak wilt (Ceratocystis fagacearum is the fungus). Oak Wilt has been observed, tested and confirmed as the reasoning behind the decline of one (1) subject oak tree on private property on the border of Radnor and Tredyffrin Townships. Until recently, oak wilt was only found west of the Susquehanna River. Penn State, the Department of Agriculture, and other agencies have been or will be contacted about this threat. This is a very deadly disease that will impact our most prominent shade tree. No species of oak is immune, but all oaks in the red oak family are very susceptible.
For more information and to become familiar with the oak wilt, the management, the spread, and the complex issues we will face in the coming years, visit the links below.