READERS: Last week I answered a question for J.M. in Rio Rancho about planting a chitalpa tashkentensis in his landscaping. As an ornamental they sure are pretty, so I recommended yes, the chitalpa was a nifty tree. I’ve since been taught that the chitalpa stock available nowadays is very likely infected by an incurable disease called “Xylella fastidiosa.”
Ms. J.C. of Rio Rancho took the time and offered me, in a most pleasant, polite and informative manner, lots of pertinent information about the chitalpa. Evidently, she has several mature and young chitalpas and they were/are declining. So, she researched what could be the cause of her trees having lots of brown leaves and others in her “housing development landscaping” showing quite a bit of branch die-back.
On the NMSU website she foun...Read More