leaf curling on young volunteer white oak

Asked May 12, 2020, 5:36 PM EDT

what is it? what to do?

Somerset County Maryland

3 Responses

Our plant pathologist looked at your photos and mentioned two possibilities. First, is herbicide damage. We have been experiencing many windy days and herbicides drift on wind currents. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/herbicide-damage
Secondly, he mentioned leaf tatter on oak, which is something we haven't seen very often, https://www.fs.usda.gov/naspf/sites/default/files/publications/pest_alert_oak_tatters.pdf
There is not much you can do for either one. Hopefully, it can outgrow this. Keep it watered during periods of drought.

Deb

Thanks. No surrounding damage, so maybe tatters.

Again, just keep an eye on it if you can.