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Laurel Wilt

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Laurel wilt damage -
Scientific Name:
Raffaelea lauricola sp. nov. T.C. Harr. Fraedrich & Aghayeva (Harrington et al. 2008)
Common Name:
Laurel wilt (LW)
Laurel Bay Damage, host Redbay - James Johnson Georgia Forestry Commission
Native To:
Probably Asia (the disease vector, the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus), is native to Asia) (Harrington et al. 2008)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Redbay ambrosia beetle first discovered in 2002; disease first discovered in 2003 (Fraedrich et al. 2007)
Means of Introduction:
Probably arrived with the redbay ambrosia beetle on imported wood packing materials (Harrington et al. 2008)
Fungal disease of redbay (Persea borbonia) and other trees in the laurel family (Lauraceae) (Harrington et al. 2008)
Current U.S. Distribution:
Southeastern U.S.

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

The section below contains selected highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. To view all related content for this species, click on "View all resources for species" in the top left of this page.


Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

State and Local Government

Alabama Forestry Commission.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications - Stem Diseases for more fact sheets
Mississippi Forestry Commission.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.


University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.