Ornamental Plum: Armillaria root rot
revision date: 2022-11-28 12:00
Armillaria root rot is a fungal disease transmitted between plants by root contact. Armillaria is often found in newly cleared soils or ones which have been flooded. Symptoms typically include sudden or gradual slowing of growth, yellowish or undersized leaves, leaf drop, dieback of branches, or gumming (sticky, oozing sap). White thread-like masses of the fungus may be found beneath the bark near the crown of infected trees, and/or as shoestring-like rhizomorphs, which are dark strands of the fungus growing on or just beneath the soil surface. Honey-colored mushrooms often grow near the base of infected trees in the fall. Infected trees may also exhibit a dark black line in the infected area encircling the base of the plant. Armillaria-infected trees have damaged root systems and are more likely to fall in high winds. It may also make trees more susceptible to insect attack
Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!
- Remove infected plants, including roots larger than 1″ in diameter.
- Air-dry soil from infected site before replanting.
- Provide proper culture to decrease stress and encourage vigorous, disease-resistant trees.
- Plant only resistant plant species in infected areas (when possible). A list may be found in Revised EB 1776, the Sunset Western Garden Book, or by contacting your county Extension agent or WSU Master Gardeners.
IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.
- None recommended