Noninfectious Disorders
FIELD GUIDE TO INSECTS AND DISEASES OF ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO FORESTS
Salt Damage

The uptake of salts by the roots of roadside trees is a common problem wherever sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and/or magnesium chloride are applied to de-ice highways in the winter or for dust abatement in the summer. Symptoms start as tip burn with the bases of the needles still green. Damage progresses with the continuation of salt application; first terminal growth of branches ceases, eventually followed by mortality.

References:  6, 83, 93

Figure 293. Figure 293. Damage from the application of de-icing salts along roadways appears on hardwood trees in the summer..
Figure 294. Figure 294. Most tree species experience tip burn from salt damage.