How to spot laurel wilt disease

Excerpt from a 12/25/09 Miami Herald article by Niala Boodhoo.

Lighting, flooding, freezing temperatures and even other diseases can cause something that looks like laurel wilt on avocado trees — so don’t panic if your trees turn brown and begin wilting.But, if you notice a tree wilting and turning brown and the leaves are still hanging on the tree after a week, that’s a good time to contact officials so they can come out and take a sample for testing.If you suspect laurel wilt, call the Department of Plant Industry at 888-397-1517.For more information, visit