Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is a serious fungal disease that affects not only oaks but other plants including azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and maples. At least 40 different plant species can act as hosts for the fungus. Although it does not kill most of the species, scientists say it is unprecedented to have a pathogen spread across so many native plant species so quickly. This disease is not harmful to humans or animals.