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Plants Resistant to Armillaria mellea, Oak Root Fungus

This list is condensed from an 18 page document by Dr. Robert D. Raabe, University of California , Berkeley. It contains plants that are grown in our area. The complete document can be viewed under Garden Guides on www.YamagamisNursery.com. Armillaria mellea is a common disease producing fungus found in much of California . It commonly occurs naturally in roots of oaks but does not damage them unless they are weakened by other factors. When oaks are cut down, the fungus moves through the dead wood more rapidly than through living wood and can exist in old roots for many years. Infection takes place by roots of susceptible plants coming in contact with roots in which the fungus is active. Some plants are naturally resistant to the fungus and though the fungus may infect them, little damage occurs. Such plants, however, if they are weakened in any way (usually from over-watering), may become susceptible and killed by the fungus.

Oak Root Fungus Resistant Plants


Abies concolor Acacia longifolia Acacia verticillata Acer macrophyllum Acer palmatum Acer saccharum Acer tataricum Acer tataricum ssp Ginnala Ailanthus altissima Angophora cordifolia Arbutus menziesii Brachychiton pupulneus Brugmansia suaveolens Buxus sempervirens Callicarpa japonica Calocedrus decurrens Calycanthus occidentalis Carpenteria californica Catalpa bignonioides Celtis australis Celtis occidentalis Ceratonia siliqua Cercis occidentalis Cercis siliquastrum Chaenomeles japonica Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Chamaerops humilis Chionanthus retusa Clerodendron bungei
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Colorado or White Fir Sydney Golden Wattle, Bush Acacia Whorl-leaved or Star Acacia Big-leaf Maple, Oregon Maple Japanese Maple Sugar Maple Tartarian Maple Ginnala Maple, Amur Maple Tree-of-heaven Gum Myrtle, Smooth Bark Apple Madrone Kurrajong Bottle Tree Angels Trumpet Common or English Box Beauty-berry Incense Cedar Western Spice Bush, CA Allspice Bush or Tree Anemone Common Catalpa, Indian Bean European or Mediterranean Hackberry Hackberry Carob, St Johns Bread CA Redbud, Western Redbud Judas Tree, Love Tree Japanese Flowering Quince Ellwoodii Ellwood Cypress Fan Palm Chinese Fringe Tree Kashmir Bouquet, Glory Flower
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Cornus mas Correa Cotinus coggygria Cryptomeria japonica Cupaniopsis anacardioides Cupressocyparis X leylandii Cupressus arizonica var. glabra Elaeagnus angustifolia Erica arborea Eucalyptus cinerea Exochorda racemosa Fabiana imbricate Fraxinus ornus Fraxinus uhdei Fraxinus velutina var. glabra Garrya elliptica Geijera parviflora Ginkgo biloba Gleditsia tricanthos inermis Hibiscus syriacus Hypericum patulum Ilex aquifolium Ilex cornuta Jacaranda mimosifolia Koelreuteria paniculata Lagerstroemia x amabilis Liquidambar styraciflua Liriodendron tulipifera Lonicera nitida Maclura pomifera Magnolia grandiflora Mahonia aquifolium Malus floribunda Maytenus boaria Melaleuca stypheliodes Melia azedarach Metasequoia glyptostroboides Myrica pensylvanica Nandina domestica Philadelphus coronaries Phlomis fruticosa Photinia x fraseri Pinus canariensis Pinus halepensis Pinus monticola Pinus patula Mexican pine, Pinus radiate Pinus sylvestris

Cornelian Cherry, Sorbet Victory Bells Smoke Tree Japanese Cryptomeria or Cedar Carrotwood, Tuckeroo Leyland Cypress Smooth Arizona Cypress Russian Olive, Silver Berry Tree Heath Dollar-leaf Eucalyptus, Pearlbush Fabiana Flowering Ash, Manna Ash Shamel Ash, Evergreen Ash Modesto Modesto Ash Silk Tassel Australian Willow Maidenhair Tree Shademaster Shademaster Locust Rose-of-Sharon, Shrub Althea St. Johnswort English Holly, Common Holly Chinese Holly, Horned Holly Jacaranda Golden Rain Tree Crepe Myrtle American Sweet Gum, Liquidambar Tulip Tree, Yellow or Tulip Poplar Box Honeysucklee Osage Orange Southern Magnolia Holly Mahonia, Oregon Grape Japanese Flowering Crab Mayten Tree Prickly Paperbark Persian lilac, Bead Tree Dawn Redwood Bayberry, Candleberry Heavenly Bamboo Mock Orange Jerusalem Sage Canary Island Pine Aleppo Pine Western White Pine Jelecote Pine Monterey Pine Scots Pine, Scotch Pine

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Pinus torreyana Pistacia chinensis Pittosporum crassifolium Pittosporum eugenoides Pittosporum phillyreoides Pittosporum tenuifolium Pittosporum undulatum Prunus caroliniana Prunus ilicifolia Prunus lyonii Prunus virginiana Pseudocydonia sinensis Quercus ilex Quercus lobata Sambucus canadensis Sapium sebiferum Sequoia sempervirens Sophora japonica Styrax japonicum Symphoricarpos sp. Syzygium paniculatum Taxodium distichum Ternstroemia sylvatica Tilia tomentosa Tristania conferta Ulmus x Sapporo Gold Ulmus parvifolia Vitex agnus-castus Wisteria sinensis

Torrey Pine Chinese Pistache, Chinese Pistachio Caro, Karo, Evergreen Pittosporum T arata, Lemonwood Narrow-leaved or Weeping Pittosporum Black-Stem Pitttosporum Victorian Box, Orange Berry Pittosporum Cherry Laurel Holly-leaf Cherry Catalina Cherry Choke Cherry Chinese Quince Holly Oak, Truffle Oak Valley Oak, California White Oak American or Sweet Elder Chinese Tallow Tree Coast Redwood, CA Redwood Japanese Pagoda Tree Japanese Snowball Snowberry Australian Bush Cherry Bald Cypress, Swamp Cypress Mexican Ternstroemia Silver Linden, Silver Lime Brisbane Box Chinese Elm Blue Chaste Tree, Chaste Tree Chinese Wisteria

Resistant Fruit and Nuts

Asimina triloba Papaw, Diospyros kaki Japanese Persimmon Ficus carica Kadota Kadota Fig Ficus carica Mission Mission Fig Juglans hindsii California Black Walnut Persea americana Avocado Psidium littorale var. longipes Strawberry Guava Prunus cerasifera Myrobalan stone fruit rootstock Prunus cerasifera Mariana stone fruit rootstock Prunus x domestica ssp. institia St. Julien Plum stone fruit rootstock Prunus persica Indian Peach Indian Peach Prunis salicina Methley Methley Plum Pyrus communis European Pears, Common Pears Rubus ulmifolia inermis Thornless Blackberry Rubus ursinus Loganobaccus Loganberry Rubus ursinus Ollalie Ollalieberry
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Plants that seem to be resistant but were not tested


Acer species. Aesculus x carnea Agonis species Araucaria species Arctostaphylos species Bambusa species Calluna species Cornus species. Euryops pectinatus Hedera canariensis Hedera helix Helianthemum species Magnolia species Morus species Philadelphus species Phyllostachys species Platanus species Rhaphiolepis umbellata Robinia species Sarcocca species Sassafras albidum Tibouchina urvelleana Vaccinium sp.

(except A. negundo var. californica) Pink Horsechestnut Willow Myrtle (except A. cunninghamii) Manzanita Bamboo Heather Dogwood (except C. florida and C. capitata) Algerian Ivy English Ivy Sun Rose Magnolia Mulberry Mock Orange Bamboo Plane Tree, Sycamore Yeddo Hawthorn Locust Sweet Box Sassafras Pleroma, Princess Flower Huckleberry

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