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Robert314Robert314 Posts: 21
Our wonderful tree has developed a fungus and am concerned that it may cause further issues in the garden can anybody help. Photos attached.
Thankyou

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Could it possibly be a really bad scale insect infestation?

    https://www.thompson-morgan.com/pests/scale-insects
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  • Robert314Robert314 Posts: 21
    It is very sticky to touch and does not appear to have any insects. It is as if the sap is leaking!

    Thanks
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Can you show us a close up of a few of the white blobs ... if you can get them in focus?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Robert314Robert314 Posts: 21
    Here you are a close up hopefully this will help.

    Thankyou


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Definitely insects, either the 'crawlers' of scale insects or a type of woolly aphid I would think.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Robert314Robert314 Posts: 21
    Is it dangerous to the tree and is there anythingBob I can do to save it?

    Bob


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    It is such a large infestation that I don't think there's any way to eradicate it completely, but it may take decades before the tree shows signs of stress.  You could try brushing them of with a stiff yard brush and keep dipping it in warm water containing insecticidal soap, which will help.  Other than that, you could try hanging a bird feeding station filled with something to attract the Tit family as those will eat most kinds of aphids, but unlikely to clear it completely.
    Where are you based Bob?  That may help in further identification or to point you to a local resource which may help.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Robert314Robert314 Posts: 21
    We are based in North West Essex, thankyou so much for your help, as it has been such a grand part of the garden we would hate to lose it. 
    I trust that your garden is bringing you much pleasure during these strange times.
    Take care.

    Bob
  • gmnortgmnort Posts: 2
    We cut a tree down but kept the trunk and now it is full of fungus. It sits amidst old hedge trees. Is the fungus dangerous to the other trees?
  • gmnortgmnort Posts: 2
    It is hidden in the middle of the old hedge trees. That’s why I never noticed it before. 
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