Updated Mar. 30, 2018
Aleppo Pine Blight
Aleppo Pine Blight is particularly severe in the Phoenix valley this year.
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Aleppo Pine Blight is a disease that causes tree needles to turn gray and then brown, but still attached to healthy branches until they drop, as they normally do, in the summer. This causes twigs and branches to sometimes die. Branches may also develop water-soaked cankers which can split open. Aleppo Pine Blight makes trees susceptible to other diseases and organisms.
Symptoms occur in the upper part of the tree and on sides where there’s the most sun-exposure. They’re caused by extreme day and night temperatures on tender and growing sections of trees and also drought.
With healthy watering and nitrogen fertilization, Aleppo Pine Blight can be prevented. Without professional tree care, injury will occur on severely damaged trees, which can lead to permanent damage. However, with ISA certified arborists, trees that are moderately affected will recover and turn to normal refoliation in the spring.