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Old 24-01-11, 06:27 PM
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Question What's Killing the Cyprus Tree's in Vic? n/h

Have noticed in my area that the Cyprus trees are dyeing.
In tree lines you might see 1 or 2 or maybe half a tree line.
Today I drove from Wonthaggi area to Narre Warren and noticed the same thing happening along the way. Even some of the lovely cyprus around the vegetable places are dying.
Such a shame to see lovely shelter tree lines turning rusty and them grey dead looking.
What is doing this to them??
Is it a bug or the weather doing it too them.. too wet?
It happened around here several years ago.

I have planted over 100+ Leighton Green Cyprus about 6 months ago and would hate this to happen to them.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:00 PM
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Christmas chip.

lol sorry

Some just don't have the same life as others, I have seen 100yo cypress lines with 1 or 2 dying off, it is sad, but like us, they don't live forever.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:03 PM
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Years of drought made their roots retract.. then heaps of water rotted the rest.
They are dying everywhere this way too, mainly Lamberts.. the Radiata seem to cope a bit better..
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Old 24-01-11, 07:14 PM
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I have noticed the same thing Ceejay. We lost 40 of them along our driveway over the course of a few years, they were 20 years old. It was the dry that did them in, also I think the fact that they were planted very close together did not help - too much competition for water.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:18 PM
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I was wondering if it is a bug that is eating them??
Because you see a branch or 2 slowly dieing and then it might go to the next tree and start ??
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Old 24-01-11, 07:30 PM
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I dont know what it is but definately drought related.

I noticed in the Bendigo area is started in the Castewellan Golds first, with many tree's over the age of 5 years dying in a short space of time. In the last couple of years it's spread even further in the district and now killing mass numbers of Leighten Greens.

I have Leighten Greens and currently have 3 tree's I am keeping a close eye on as I may pull them out.
We pulled out a few 16 years ago that were showing signs of stress and I'm assuming it's the same issue but it seems to set of a chain reaction.

Have lost one 4yr old Leighten Green this year due to being planted in a spot thats been totally flooded 3 times in the last few months....so they hate wet wet feet as well(but die quicker than what it takes with the drought issue).

I've decided to replace the wet area trees(wasnt many anyway) with Sheoaks.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:35 PM
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They really are fussy things.
My husband says that anything that grows really quick has a short life span.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:42 PM
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Jdob, I wouldn't say they grow quick.
All the tea tree type trees I planted at same time are 3 -4 times taller than the Leighton Greens already.

Just a shame seeing beautiful shelter belts dying.
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Old 24-01-11, 07:45 PM
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In the last two years I've noticed heaps of dead rows of cyprus, you can see them all the way from Narbethong to Albury, Kiewa, Mitta, and I'm sure all over Vic.
Also sure it's drought related. They just curled their toes up, especially in 2009/10
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Old 24-01-11, 07:50 PM
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See I find it hard to think that it is drought related here in south gippsland as we have had exceptionally good seasons here. No way drought related.
My neighbours trees are about years old and a couple of them have branches turning orange. They are not in a wet spot at all, but we have had our fair share of wet stuff here.
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Old 24-01-11, 08:04 PM
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It is called Cypress Canker. It is a serious fungal disease that is carried by airborne spores. It is spread by wind, insects and also by the feet of birds. The drought didn’t help because any plant that has suffered stress is then susceptible to any disease especially this one.
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Old 24-01-11, 08:07 PM
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Mary-Lou thanks for that.
Is there anything we can do too protect the other trees if others are affected??
Spray etc
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Old 24-01-11, 08:33 PM
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Hey Ceejay ... it isn't an easy one but keeping the plant really healthy and well fertilised is a good start. A healthy plant has a better chance to fight off a disease. A product called “Copper Oxychloride” can be sprayed on a healthy plant; it is a fungicide. Be warned though, it is a very toxic spray and needs to used on a very still day with not even a hint of a breeze. The user also needs to wear protective clothes, gloves, mask etc. The sad truth is that once a tree gets this disease it is really important to cut it down as soon as possible and burn the remains. If any part of the tree is left lying around the disease will easily and quickly spread to surrounding trees
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Old 24-01-11, 08:37 PM
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Mine are dying here too and they are on high ground, so not to much water. It looks horrible, green one minute and brown the next
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Old 24-01-11, 08:43 PM
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Shellsbells, do some research on the Sheoaks we had them on our farm. They suckered up badly the were on the corner of the inlaws house block and they were coming up in my yard 20 metres away.
I hated them for it.

(the trees not the in-laws ha ha)

Last edited by bornfree; 24-01-11 at 10:58 PM. Reason: because i reread it and thought that sounds bad
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Old 24-01-11, 09:37 PM
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Yes, there is a disease that gets into them. Once one tree in a row gets it, it is very difficult to prevent the others following suit. No doubt the seasons we've had over the past few years haven't helped.
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Old 24-01-11, 10:15 PM
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wow this is very interesting, we were wondering why ours died, we just figured our neighbour poisoned it as he's always complained that it is over his fence line

I guess he's not a complete *&^%hole afterall
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Old 24-01-11, 10:26 PM
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Glory that's so funny.
Bet your neighbours ears have been burning.
I guess if you don't get around the different areas and see the others you would think it is just yours and why.
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Old 25-01-11, 03:41 AM
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Glory, lol.
Interesting about the disease.
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Old 25-01-11, 05:42 AM
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Wow Bornfree, I hadnt thought about the suckering issues....just the wet feet.

Might be back to the drawing board for decisions then as I get peeved enough with acorns turning into trees every year from my singular oak tree.
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