Lilac Fungus - Knowledgebase Question

Canyon Country, CA
Question by jlccbecker
February 3, 1998
Dear Burpee,
Last spring the lilacs produced very tiny blooms and leaves, and very few of them. Then starting at the base of one of the trees a fungus started to grow. It is white/grey in color and looks like a saucer sticking out of the side of the bark. We picked off some of it during the summer, but I noticed it is growing up the side of one trunk. How do we save the tree and stop it from spreading to the others?


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Answer from NGA
February 3, 1998

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What you describe is a shelf-fungus, a sign that the lilac is dying. When wood in the center of the tree begins to decompose, a conk, or fruiting body emerges from the bark. The lilac should be removed and destroyed.

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