Moss is killing my trees
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I need some help, please.
There is a growth on some of our trees which is killing them. We lost two trees so far and the ones which aren’t dead yet are dying. It has a hard center which is attached to the tree and then it grows outward from there. Can anyone please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it or where I could find the information I need. Desperate. 🙁
It’s Spanish moss and it wouldn’t be killing your trees.
It doesn’t take any goodness from them as it doesn’t feed from them at all.
Just pull it off the trees if it’s causing too much shade on them.
Florists use it in arrangements.
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That’s Lichen, Usnea australis, growing on the tree. It’s not Spanish Moss, also Spanish Moss isn’t a Lichen it’s just liken to a Lichen. 😉
I agree with bullseye, you have a lichen there. Chances are that it is doing no damage to the trees whatsoever and is just using them for support (just like Spanish moss does). You most likely have bigger problems.
How are the trees dieing (from the tips of branches down, from the trunk up etc) What exactly is happening to them? What is the soil like? Tell us more, someone may be able to help.
Forgot to ask, what kind of trees are the ones dying?
Thanks for your comments, everyone. Ive researched websites, some of which say the lichen Usnea australis will not kill trees but others which say it will. The dead trees are extensively covered with the lichen which leads me to believe it is killing them. The lichen on the dead trees is now dying. I wonder if this means its sucked all it can from the host and no longer has enough sustenance? I am now more confused than before. I guess I’ll keep researching.
What kind, variety, species of trees?
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