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Caption: Verticillium wilt on maple
Photo by: R.S. Byther
  
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Maple : Verticillium wilt
(revision date: 4/28/2014)


Biology
Verticillium wilt is caused by a soilborne fungus. It infects plants via the roots and then spreads throughout the plant. Symptoms on the aboveground portion on the plant include suddenly wilted yellow or brown foliage which hangs on the branches. Symptoms of infection are often on only one side of the tree or scattered throughout the canopy, but may not be noticed until warm weather or other periods of stress. Infected maples may display greenish to black streaks when cuts are made into the wood and often develop long cankers on trunk or limbs. Infected plants may be killed or may tolerate infection for several seasons.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Prune and destroy infected limbs. Disinfect pruning tools after use.
  • Plant tolerant maple varieties in infected soil. Acer platanoides 'Jade Glen' and A. platanoides 'Parkway' are reported to be tolerant of Verticillium wilt. For information on other resistant plants, contact your county Extension agent or WSU Master Gardeners.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management


None recommended

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Caption: Verticillium wilt on maple
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Verticillium wilt on maple twigs
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Verticillium wilt on maple
Photo by: R.S. Byther
Caption: Vascular discoloration from Verticillium wilt on maple
Photo by: C.R. Foss