Identify the disease

There are several physical symptoms of the disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). Not all kauri show these symptoms, but it is important to report a kauri if you see these symptoms.

Assessing kauri trees for symptoms of kauri dieback disease is critical for the kauri protection programme, so we can improve our understanding of where the PA pathogen is. The most common symptoms associated with the disease are listed below.

The survival of kauri depends on all of us taking actions to protect kauri and reduce the spread of the PA pathogen. If you see a kauri with any of these symptoms, please report it.

1. Bleeding gum

Basal trunk lesions. Not all infected trees show a trunk lesion, and not all trunk lesions are caused by kauri dieback disease.

Disease symptoms kauri gum bleeding

2. Yellowing of leaves

Kauri tree leaves could turn yellow as the disease takes effect. 

Disease symptoms kauri gum-bleeding yellowing-leaves

3. Thinning canopy

The PA pathogen starves kauri by preventing the movement of water and nutrients throughout the tree, which leads to the canopy eventually being reduced or thinning over time. The degree of thinning can vary.  The below photo compares healthy kauri crowns to kauri suffering from severe dieback disease, to a dead kauri.

  1. Healthy crown – no visible signs of dieback
  2. Canopy thinning
  3. Thinning & some branch dieback
  4. Severe dieback
  5. Dead
Disease symptoms kauri thinning canopy

4. Dead branches

Trees showing severe disease-like symptoms such as a thin canopy and dead branches.

The last stage of the disease is death of the tree itself, where there is no canopy of the tree.  Most trees infected with the PA pathogen will eventually die.

View of kauri canopy with dead branches
View of kauri canopy with dead branches

Report a sick kauri

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Reporting a sick-looking kauri helps us understand where the PA pathogen is.

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