Help with Sick Trees

What is Wrong with My Tree?

Many different abiotic and biotic factors can affect the health of individual trees and planted and natural stands. Our Tree and Forest Health Guide is our premier source for forest health concerns and a good place to start.

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Tree and Forest Health Guide
Tree and Forest Health Guide

Book provides guidance about tree and forest health; conditions that are common or important enough in Virginia to gain frequent attention are covered. General guidelines are given for the diagnosis and treatment of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) disturbances of forests and individual trees. Guide should not be used as a final reference, but rather a quick field guide and training tool.

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Tree and Forest Health Guide (2-page spread)
Tree and Forest Health Guide (2-page spread)

Book provides guidance about tree and forest health; conditions that are common or important enough in Virginia to gain frequent attention are covered. General guidelines are given for the diagnosis and treatment of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) disturbances of forests and individual trees. Guide should not be used as a final reference, but rather a quick field guide and training tool.

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How to Determine What’s Bugging Your Tree

Here are a few steps to help you determine what is happening to your tree.

First, identify the tree species.

Or consult VDOF’s Common Native Trees of Virginia Guide:

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Bark Types
Bark Types

Pictoral sheet showing the types of bark with photo samples of each.

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Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia
Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of VirginiaP00027

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings and an identification key to the most common native Virginia shrubs and woody vines. It also contains hints for effective plant identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia (2-page-spread)
Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia (2-page-spread)P00027

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings and an identification key to the most common native Virginia shrubs and woody vines. It also contains hints for effective plant identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Trees of Virginia
Common Native Trees of VirginiaP00026

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings, and an identification key to the most common native Virginia trees. It also contains hints for effective shrub identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Common Native Trees of Virginia (2-page spreads)
Common Native Trees of Virginia (2-page spreads)P00026

Identification book is a favorite of teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor enthusiasts. Book features descriptions, line drawings, and an identification key to the most common native Virginia trees. It also contains hints for effective shrub identification, invasive species threats, and more. Printed copies available for sale.

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Identification Guide Book Order - In-Person Sales
Identification Guide Book Order – In-Person Sales13.04View

Describe your symptoms.

  • Note where you are seeing the symptoms. For example, are there mushrooms at the base of the tree? Are there exit holes from insects? Are there spots on the leaves?
  • Take pictures to document the damage. In general, photos should include the entire plant in question, close-up images showing type of injury, and some item for scale if there is an insect or fungus. Images should be clear, with good lighting.
  • Note some basic information like date, location, and number of plants impacted.

Research your symptoms.


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