How to Identify Bacterial Leaf Scorch Killing Haddonfield Trees

This video featuring Robin Potter of the borough Shade Tree Commission discusses an incurable disease that could kill more than 2,000 trees in the borough.

The Haddonfield Shade Tree Commission says a disease is eating away at two of every 10 oak trees in the borough.

Bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) is a disease that affects oak trees, particularly red and pin oaks.

It's a big deal in a town with nearly 10,000 trees in the public right of way, and an estimated 10,000 or more on private property within this 2.5-square-mile borough. Most of the public trees are oaks, which grow 50 feet tall or higher at maturity.

Haddonfield is designated as a Tree City USA town, a designation from the national Arboretum Society for towns with a significant canopy of municipal trees. That canopy could be threatened in coming years if up to 20 percent of borough oak trees are taken down because of the disease.


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