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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Jun 7, 2014 9:58 AM CST
This is a dogwood that's been in my yard for five years. This year, the leaves went all brown, and the bottom 2ft of the trunk look damp, with this whitish foam. I'm assuming some sort of parasite, and am willing to spray, but do I spray a fungicide, or a pesticide?

Or do I just cut it down and replace it? I've already taken off some of the lower branches that seemed to be just deadwood. Those will be going in the trash rather than the compost pile, I think.


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this is one of the pieces going into the trash bin...you can see the dampness on the bark in this one.
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Thanks!
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Jun 7, 2014 10:17 AM CST
One possibility is a Bacterial wetwood/Slime flux infection.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

Does it smell like beer or like vinegar?
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Jun 7, 2014 10:30 AM CST
I didn't try to smell it -- will check when I go back outside. Thanks!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 7, 2014 10:33 AM CST
My first thought was possibly Wooly Aphids but I think it looks like some sort of fungus, don't know what to recommend to get rid of it but hopefully someone will pop in with suggestions. It would be a shame if you had to remove the tree.
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 7, 2014 10:34 AM CST
I don't know what it is but I'm sure interested to find out.
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philljm
Jun 7, 2014 3:35 PM CST
I have been told there is something killing dogwoods, a Master Gardener friend said something. I can't remember if it is a virus or fungus, I will get with her and ask her. ~Jan
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
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fiwit
Jun 7, 2014 4:13 PM CST
thanks! I posted a picture on facebook too, and my friends/family there are saying it's slime flux and the tree is a goner. JUST realized I'm friends with an extension agent on FB -- I'll ask him, too
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 7, 2014 5:48 PM CST
Check these out Mary

Slime flux:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

Other diseases:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Jun 7, 2014 6:36 PM CST
I looked at the slime flux one already.. will check the others Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
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