Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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Learn how to help save the avocado and its culinary offspring, guacamole

The Florida avocado tree has a deadly nemesis called laurel wilt disease. This rapidly expanding arboreal epidemic is caused by a fungus that is transmitted by the tiny and invasive redbay ambrosia beetle. The fungus not only kills avocado trees, but many other trees within the laurel family. Redbay ambrosia beetles can enter Florida on infested firewood and on host trees from unregistered nurseries. Find out ways that you can get involved and help "Save the Guac."


Watch the Laurel Wilt Video
Watch the Firewood Alert Video
Watch the Save the Guac PSA


"Fresh From Florida" Guacamole Recipe


  • Firewood can transfer harmful insects and diseases.
  • Use only local firewood and don't move unprocessed wood.
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Registered Nurseries 

  • Don't transport host trees unless purchased from a registered nursery.
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Look for the Signs

Laurel wilt disease is easy to spot if you know what you're looking for: 

  • Toothpick-like tubes or piles of fine sawdust on the bark
  • Drooping foliage with a reddish or purplish discoloration
  • Black discoloration on the sapwood surface
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