Plants Quarantined to Keep Oak Killer Out of Utah

Plants Quarantined to Keep Oak Killer Out of Utah

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(KSL News) -- Last week Eyewitness News revealed a growing concern about a deadly fungus that's killing oak trees and plants in California and some surrounding states.

To protect Utah's 60-million dollar nursery industry, the State Agriculture Department today issued a quarantine.

Since the fungus causes what is called "Sudden Oak Death Disease," the State has banned the shipment of any suspected plants into Utah from California, Oregon, Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Utah nurseries which have any of the plants currently in stock are being ask to hold them for inspection.

So far, Sudden Oak Death Disease is NOT known to exist in Utah.

The following are hereby declared to be hosts and possible carriers of Sudden Oak Death:

Soil, humus, compost, and manure.

Bigleaf maple
California buckeye
Japanese camellia
Sasanqua camellia
Witch hazel
California honeysuckle
Himalaya pieris
Pieris 'Forest flame'
Pieris 'Brouwer's Beauty'
Japanese pieris
Coast live oak
Canyon live oak
California black oak
Shreve oak
California coffeeberry
Coast redwood
Western starflower
California bay laurel Pepperwood
Oregon myrtle
Bodnant viburnum
Doublefile viburnum Laurustinus

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