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White oaks or bur oaks may be found with these characteristic symptoms of oak tatters.
Upon initial inspection the leaves look as if they have been shredded or severely fed upon by insects. However, damage occurred to leaf tissue in the buds or at the time of leaf expansion. According to a publication by the USDA Forest Service on oak tatters, one or more of the following factors may be involved:
Management of this disease currently focuses on minimizing stress to affected trees. Avoid site changes such as adding fill, severing roots, or compaction. Mulch, water during extended dry conditions, and fertilize as appropriate to help maintain tree vigor. For more information on watering and fertilizing woody plants refer to the following: HO-140, Fertilizing Woody Plants (PDF file).
Plant and Pest Digital Library and Digitally Assisted Diagnosis, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.