The Q&A Archives: Moss On Red Maple

Question: I have moss starting to grow on a twenty year old red maple. Should I be concerned? Will the moss damage the tree? If so, what should I do to protect it?

Answer: During a particularly "wet" season, moss can appear in spots where we don't usually notice it. (Mosses grow from spores which can remain dormant for a long time until conditions are favorable for them to thrive.) If the tree is healthy otherwise, I wouldn't worry about the moss.

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