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Fungus on plum and pear trees

We have a fungus on both our plum and pear trees and wondered if anyone can tell us what it is and how we could treat it. Also could it be harmful to the fruit? Many thanks in advance for your help.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,238
    edited March 2018
    No, don’t worry, it’s not fungus.
    It’s lichen and it’s a sign that the air in your area is clean and unpolluted.
    Enjoy your lichen and take a deep breath.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Sandie 366Sandie 366 Posts: 2
    edited March 2018
    Oh thank you so much pansyface feel very relieved now 😀
  • kristine015kristine015 Northern Ireland Belfast UKPosts: 66
    How big is your plum tree? I am seriously thinking of buying one and planting in my front garden 
    Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -A. Einstein 
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,238
    The size of a fruit tree depends on the rootstock onto which it has been grafted. Take a look at these plum trees

    https://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/search.aspx?aid=55&rid=0&st=654

    that are self fertile and grafted onto semi dwarfing rootstock which is suitable for an average front garden. The smaller rootstocks do need better soil than the larger ones though.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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