The Q&A Archives: False Aralia (dizygothica Elegantissima)

Question: My false aralia is emitting a sticky like substance from all of its leaves (on the top side) and appears to
have little brown "nodes" over various parts of the tree. The substance is in such a quantity
as to drip onto the floor and covers the entire leaf. You can literally see the droplets forming
on the tips of the leaves before the substance drips to the floor.

The tree receives regular watering (about once a week) and is in a sunny location. It has
grown to about 4 feet in height and in all appearances seems to be in good health.

Other than the nodes and the sticky substance on all of the leaves the tree is green and

Please help! I've never seen this before and don't know how to address it.

Answer: Based on your description I suspect the plant is infested with scale, a fairly common pest on this plant. The insect damage causes sap to drip.

Here is a photo:

Scale can be removed gently by hand (scrape with your fingernail, very tedious and difficult to get them all) but I would suggest you contact your county extension for their most up to date recommendation for the most appropriate control of this pest on this particular plant kept in the home. Also, if the problem is not scale, then they should be able to identify it for you and tell you what to do about it.

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