Sudden oak death quarantine sought by ANLAThe new disease that has been termed "sudden oak death" - actually a new type of Phytophthora fungus – has been found on several other species, including Rhododendron, Viburnum, Arbutus and Umbellaria. This has raised fears that the disease could settle into nursery stock, becoming a problem for the green industry.
The American Nursery and Landscape association (ANLA) has sent a letter to the USDA requesting a federal quarantine of susceptible nursery stock from known infested areas. Similar quarantines already have been enacted by Oregon and Canada against California.
You can find more information about sudden oak death at www.suddenoakdeath.org.