problem with Japanese coral maple - Knowledgebase Question

Myrtle Beach, So
Question by suedo32
June 12, 2009
This is my tree's third season and it has done well. It has three main branches off the trunk. After leafing, the leaves on one branch shriveled and died. I removed the dead leaves and I don't think the damage is spreading, but there is small white clumpy scales on the base of the trunk. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.
Susan D

Answer from NGA
June 12, 2009


Clumpy scales could be insects or it might be a fungal disease. I can't really tell without looking at it. Try peeling off some of the material and looking at it with a magnifying glass. If it's a population of insects you should be able to see legs. If it is a fungus it will be cottony throughout with no particular body form. Insecticidal soap will kill the insects; a fungicide will take care of any fungus. Hope this information helps you determine just what the problem might be.

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