[NAFEX] AACK! Persimmon borers(?!)

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Wed May 2 17:44:45 EDT 2007


Do these "frass tubes" look like white-ish extrusions, about the diameter of
a toothpick, that stick out from the bark up to about an inch long? Just
curious, as I am seeing these types of thin cylinders all over several of my
freeze damaged plants. The thin cylinders are light and soft, and
disintegrate to an ash-like consistency when touched. My fig trees are
covered with them, and there are a few on the kiwi trunks as well. I had
assumed they were some sort of extruded material in response to freeze
injury, since most do not seem to be coming from any obvious holes in the


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>; <nutgrowers at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 8:40 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] AACK! Persimmon borers(?!)

> After grafting a few persimmons in the nursery beds this morning, I
> took another turn around the orchard to survey the damage and
> recovery, such as it is, of the freeze-damaged pecans & persimmons.
> Most appear to be re-leafing, though some of the young 3-5 yr old
> grafted American persimmons appear to have killed back all the way to
> the main trunk.  At least a couple may be total kills, and closer
> inspection of those revealed the characteristic little pale,
> toothpick-sized frass tubes, sticking out from their trunks, that I
> presume are associated with borers of some sort.
> Fortunately, I have 'back-ups' of these varieties, or gathered
> dormant scionwood back in Feb/March, so they're not totally lost to
> me, but it is distressing.
> Does anyone have any info or recommendations on control/prevention
> strategies to diminish infestation on the remainder of my trees?
> Lucky Pittman
> USDA Cold Zone 6
> AHS Heat Zone 7
> Hopkinsville, KY
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