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Native Plants Resistant to Oak Root Fungus

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Following is a list of native trees and shrubs considered resistant to Armillarea mellea, Oak Root Fungus. Smaller perennials do not appear to be affected by this fungus. It should be noted that this fungus is a natural, native component of much of the soil in California, with a very diverse flora thriving alongside it. When this organism becomes a problem in a garden setting, it is typically related to a heavy watering regimen, which is unnecessary for most natives, and acts as a strong ‘fertilizer’ for fungal growth, particularly in hot weather. Gardeners struggling with problems related to Oak Root Fungus should examine their watering schedules, and water the minimum amount necessary. Doing so should limit fungal growth to an extent that many less resistant plants will still thrive.


Trees Resistant to Oak Root Fungus
Acer macrophyllum Big Leaf Maple
Juglans californica var. hindsii Northern California Black Walnut
Pinus sp. Pine
Quercus lobata Valley Oak
Sequoia sempervirens Coast Redwood
Umbellularia californica Bay Laurel


Evergreen Shrubs Resistant to Oak Root Fungus
Berberis sp. Oregon Grape
Carpenteria californica Bush Anemone
Ceanothus sp. Wild Lilac
Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud
Myrica californica Wax Myrtle
Rhus integrifolia Lemonade Berry
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush
Prunus ilicifolia Holly-Leaf Cherry
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii Catalina Cherry


Deciduous Shrubs Resistant to Oak Root Fungus
Calycanthus occidentalis Spice Bush
Lonicera involucrata Twinberry
Philadelphus lewisii Mock Orange
Sambucus mexicana Blue Elderberry
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