Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer Is Now Damaging Another Species Other Than Ash
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying green and white ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).
So far, the insect has spread in all directions, killed tens of millions of ash trees and threatens to kill most of the 8.7 billion ash trees throughout North America. It is estimated that the borer will have caused $10 billion in economic damage by 2019.
Mark’s Rant: This is getting personal, as I absolutely love the fringetree. I’ve planted one in my yard, and there is nothing more beautiful than the Pocomoke River in the spring, when fringetree is in bloom along the river banks. The fringtree is actually more of a shrub, native from Maryland south to Florida and is usually found along the margins of wetlands. First it was American Chestnut, then American Elm, then Ash and now Fringetree being hit hard or near extirpation due to non-native disease and/or insects. This sucks!