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Tree Fungus

For many years I've had a lovely tree in the back garden, really healthy - looks like a Rowan but doesn't have the distinctive berries.

This year the tree has been quite sick, and on inspection it has a fungus attacking the leaf nodes and killing off growth. Can anyone advise ?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    that's lichen not fungus

  • Thanks nutcutlet - will this be the cause of the tree's demise?

    Are there any treatments?

    Thanks for the help

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,374

    it's unlikely to be the cause of problems.

    I can't see what your tree is. The leaves I can see don't look sick. Have you a photo of the ones that look bad

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,390

    It won't harm the tree ... it's indicative of clean air and often appears on slow-growing trees ... if the tree's poorly it's not because of the lichen.  

    http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/lichen/ 

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  • The tree's inner branches are dead or dying, the only growth is at the extremity

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    The trunk is also peeling bark a lot more than previous yearsimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,390

    None of that will be due to the lichen.

    As trees mature quite often the side-branches closer to the trunk die off - the tree is growing outwards image

    I agree that it doesn't look like a rowan ... it also looks much bigger than rowans tend to be ... any idea how long it's been there and any more clues re identity ... what are the flowers like? 

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,637

    If you see long pods like bean pods, it could be a type of Gleditsia. I think this one looks like Gleditsia Triacanthos, the common Honey Locust. Thornless one. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,390

    Think you may be right Borderline ... the way the tree is growing looks familiar ... I used to drive past one on the way to work ... the bean pods twist as they ripen and used to remind me of musical notes hanging among the branches ... I've obviously been watching too many episodes of the Clangers image

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,637

    Dovefromabove, I'm afraid I don't have such an imaginary mind! All I know is it's a tall tree, has a very open and high canopy. Long dark twisted pods hang, but not sure if they have thorns or not. Most other types do. It's a nice tree nonetheless.

  • Borderline, I think you're right, a few pods do appear on the tree, and as Dovefromabove says, they do look like musical notes - I'm old enough to remember The Clangers !!

    Another one solved methinks - thanks a lot folks ?

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