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Growth on tree trunk

Pamela Asked

My tree, which I don’t know what kind, had developed what looks like a mushroom kind of growth on its trunk. There are a couple of beetle looking insects hanging around it, and when I stuck a stick into it, it came out moist and seems to have the consistancy of a marshmallow. I don’t want it to kill my tree, but I am stumped about what it might be.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Pamela: From what you have described, it sounds like your tree has a type of fungus/mold. Not knowing the species, it is difficult to say for certain as all plants have insect and disease issues that are specific to them. As with all plant material that is grown in less than optimal conditions, they are more susceptible to health problems. Some are more disease resistant than others but growing conditions can affect the potential for initial and secondary infections. It would be a good idea to contact a certified arborist to come out and evaluate the condition of your tree and discuss potential treatment options.

Angie Oakley

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