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maplewalnut
May 8, 2020 8:21 PM CST
I have a maple sapling growing in a pot on my porch, in the Baltimore area. It's about 5' tall. On much of the bark, there's a waxy, white substance. I can easily scratch it off with my thumbnail. There are also small bumps which, when scratched off, exude a clear liquid. I am worried: are the white substance, or the liquid-filled pustules, indications of disease?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 8, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Can you add some photos?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 9, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Very weird! Is whatever that is ON the bark? Or is it part of the bark? Take a paper towel soaked with rubbing alcohol and wipe the entire trunk. Then come back and tell us what you think. Or take another photo.

The only thing I can think is its some sort of insect infestation.
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