The Q&A Archives: Mistletoe

Question: I have three Modesto Ash trees. All have mistletoe. But I have one that has very few leaves and alot of mistletoe. Can I remove the branches with the mistletoe now or do I need to wait until the tree is dormant? It doesn't look healthy.

Answer: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant and heavily infested trees are weakened, often slow growing and usually more attractive to insect and disease problems. Since mistletoe weighs branches down, affected branches often break off in storms or high winds. I'd cut the branches out of the trees now, before winter weather arrives. In your relatively warm-winter climate, there should be no adverse effects from pruning now.

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