Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) is a new threat to our beloved ohia trees. The fungus Ceratocystis fimbriata infects the vascular systems of ohia and the mortality rate for an infected tree is 100%!
At this time, it is only known to occur in the Hilo and Puna districts on Hawaii Island, but has the potential to affect all Hawaiian Islands.
It begins with wilting and yellowing leaves at the end of branches, then leaves on branches turn brown. Within days or a couple of weeks, the whole crown of the tree browns and the trees dies with the brown leaves still attached.
Research continues to not only find out how the fungus spreads, but also finding cures and preventive treatments. PLEASE REPORT SUSPECTED RAPID OHIA DEATH (ROD) to Flint Hughes with the USDA Forest Service at email@example.com or call 808-854-2617
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