Dying Ponderosa Pines on Long Island

dog_wood_2010(7)May 9, 2013

Our Ponderosa Pines on Long Island are dying. Does anybody know why? I'm not sure if this is a problem elsewhere, but these stately pine trees have been a fixture on Long Island all my life and it's kind of sad to see them all go. I have yet to see one that isn't dying, dead or cut down. They all seem to be affected and going so quickly.

Experts please take note. Does anybody know why this is happening and what can be done. Is it widespread? Am I witnessing the extinction of a marvelous tree?

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greenthumbzdude

are you sure your not talking about Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)? Ponderosa Pine is a western species...not native to long island...hope you mean long island NY here.

If you mean the Loblolly Pine they are dying out because of global warming. Sea levels are rising and salt water is starting to fill in underground freshwater aquifers along the coast. The rising sea levels are forcing water to the surface creating poor drainage and a higher pH. This is happening all along the atlantic coast by the way.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 4:23PM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

A lot of the pine trees down here dying off from beetle/incect infestation. On a quite day you can hear the bugs underneath the bark.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 10:37PM
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wisconsitom

Need more information to begin to unravel this: History, symptoms, photos showing problem, etc.

Ponderosa pine do grow here in WI but are plagued by foliar (needle) diseases. This doesn't typically occur in their Rocky Mt. homes, where the summertime air tends to be dry.

+oM

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:35PM
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wisconsitom

Need more information to begin to unravel this: History, symptoms, photos showing problem, etc.

Ponderosa pine do grow here in WI but are plagued by foliar (needle) diseases. This doesn't typically occur in their Rocky Mt. homes, where the summertime air tends to be dry.

+oM

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:36PM
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