A deadly citrus tree disease called Huanglongbing has infected dozens of citrus trees in Southern California. The disease is not harmful to humans, but it kills orange, mandarin, lemon, kumquat and other citrus trees. All citrus trees in the area are in danger.
It is important to properly manage pests on your citrus tree and routinely inspect for disease. This special care may seem like a burden. If you no longer enjoy your citrus tree or do not want to routinely fight pests and disease, the tree should be removed. Removing unwanted citrus trees helps prevent Huanglongbing from spreading in the community. Luckily, there is a free service to make tree removal easy and convenient.
Call 1-844-STOP-HLB (1-844-786-7452) to have your citrus tree removed for FREE. California citrus farmers are sponsoring this program specifically for residents in Orange County and Los Angeles County. There is no cost to the homeowner. California farmers will pay for a local, professional tree service company to safely remove your citrus tree.
Fill out the form below or call 1-844-STOP-HLB to request free citrus tree removal. You will be contacted to schedule a convenient time for your tree to be removed.
Huanglongbing, also known as HLB, is a devastating plant disease that kills citrus trees. While not harmful to humans, the disease is fatal for all varieties of citrus. The disease is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid as it feeds from tree to tree.
HLB was first discovered in California in 2012 in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles County. Since then, the disease has been detected in over 1,200 backyard trees in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Riverside, putting all citrus trees in Southern California at risk. The Asian citrus psyllid pest is found throughout California and could quickly spread the disease.
The best way to protect citrus trees from HLB is to stop the Asian citrus psyllid and to quickly eliminate the disease from the environment. Once a tree is infected with HLB, it will die. Diseased trees need to be removed in order to protect other citrus trees on the property, neighbors’ trees and the community’s citrus.
As their names indicate, the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing are not native to the United States. The pest and disease were first discovered in Asia and have since spread to other continents. Throughout the world, the disease has many names, including Huanglongbing, HLB, citrus greening disease, yellow shoot disease and yellow dragon disease. It is important to never bring citrus plant cuttings, fruit or trees from these areas into California.
A symptom of HLB is asymmetrical yellowing on leaves, meaning the discoloration is not the same on both sides of the leaf.
Fruit from an infected tree does not ripen. It stays green, small, hard and bitter.