Mossy Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Kittery, Ma
Question by johnsulli
April 1, 2010
I have a moss like growth on the trunks pf my apple and peach trees.
It seems to appear a tear or so before they die.
Do tou know what it can be, and what i can do about it?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010


It's not unusual for lichen and moss to grow on the branches and trunks of fruit trees and it generally doesn't kill the trees outright so I think there's something else going on with your trees - some disease or perhaps a water stress. You may want to take leaf and branch samples, along with samples of the bark and lichen to your local cooperative extension office for positive diagnosis. UNH Cooperative Extension Service, 113 North Road, Brentwood, NH - (603) 679-5616. Best wishes with your trees.

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