Ganoderma applanatum- This is a bracket fungus that thrives on rotten or decaying wood. The conch that is visible is actually the fruiting flower of the fungus. This fungus is a bad sign when it appears on your trees because it indicates the presence of rotten and decaying wood. It is not a species specific fungus, this means that it can appear on a wide array of trees from small Palms (which are not even trees to begin with) all the way to the mightiest of Live Oaks.
If you notice these conchs on the trees in your yard, it might be time to have a hazardous tree assessment performed by our Arborist. Contact Us so we can take a look at your tree to determine how severe the problem is, and help in the decision making process of "what happens next?"
Spanish Moss in trees - This misnomer is not a moss, and it does not originate in Spain. It is actually a bromeliad (Bromeliaceae) and it hails from Argentina but thrives in the tropical climates. The most common hosts in the Southeastern region of the United States are Live Oaks and Bald Cypress, but it can settle in many other trees. This plant is an epiphyte which means, a plant that thrives on other plants. It receives all of the water and nutrients that it needs from the air.
Though it will not kill it's host, it will slow the growth by creating too much shade and causing the interior leaves to drop prematurely. It also increases wind resistance which can cause limbs to break and fall in a high wind situation.
If Trees Could Talk provides a demossing service that will solve any problems you may have with Spanish Moss. Call us today, or Contact Us and give us your information so we can get back to you promptly.
Sooty Mold on Citrus Trees - This fungus grows on the sugary excrement of sap sucking insects such as white flies, aphids, mealy bugs and scales. The fungus will block out sunlight needed for photosynthesis which will cause the leaves to drop. This will stress the tree and reduce the amount of fruit produced by the tree. Though unsightly, the fungus does not make the fruit inedible.
Contact Us today to schedule an appointment with our Arborist. He will be able to determine which pest is causing the problem, rid the tree of the pest and clean away the Sooty Mold to enable the tree to continue to grow and remain healthy.
Fungal Leaf Spot on a Ligustrum - Caused by the fungus Cercospora sp. This is a common disease of Ligustrum species. There are two Cercospora species that cause this leaf spot disease. A related species Pseudocercospora causes similar spots.
These fungi survive in adverse conditions in leaves in the canopy and in fallen leaves. The spores they produce are wind born or carried in splashing water to infect new leaves.
Have you noticed spots like these on your Ligustrum trees? We can fix this problem once and for all. Visit the Contact Us page and fill out the information, and our Arborist will contact you.
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