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Pitch Canker Claims First Human Victim
A Monterey pine fell and killed a motorist on Brotherhood Way in San Francisco. The tree was a victim of pitch canker, a disease spread by the red turpentine beetle, which burrows between the bark and wood of trees. The disease is especially destructive to Monterey pines, a common landscape tree along the coastal areas, and it's spreading rapidly throughout California from Mendocino to San Diego.
Pitch Canker first appears as die-back in the crown of the tree, then it spreads through the canopy, giving the tree a red appearance as it quickly dies. There is no cure for this viral disease. All of the infected trees along Brotherhood Way are being removed since the tragic accident.