Originally reported as Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
Submitter does not have a specimen
EDRR Status: Ongoing monitoring
I’m the Coordinator for Tryon Creek Watershed Council and was in an EAB training last fall. At I hope I’m wrong!
At the HV Nature Park a stand of ash trees both along a natural area and road caught my attention. I’m reasonably confident in the ash tree ID, and most of them showed stress/ some but not all symptoms of EAB (epicormic growth, top third dieback). The roadside ones had canopy dieback, in one case the top third especially, but no epicormic growth nor D-shaped holes; and the ones into the wetland area had epicormic growth & dieback throughout, but I couldn’t check for D-shaped holes since I was with my dog & didn’t want to go off trail. I am not sure how to tell EAB-related stress versus climate/other stress without having seen D-shaped holes or live beetles. I’m happy to go back and take more photos, as I live nearby.