Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:15 am
The article says the current suspicion is focused on a bacterial cause, but jeez that looks eerily similar to the sudden oak death killing oaks (Phytophthora ramorum) out in california.
Rand--this is my reaction as well. The pics look like Sudden Oak Disease to me as well. A lot of nursery stock (particlulary rhododendrons) from the west coast is on quarantine to assist in limiting the spread of sudden oak death this side of the Mississippi River.