Trees and Shrubs forum: Our tree is raining sugar/sap on us

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Ricoche87t
Jul 7, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Hello! My fiancé and I just moved into an apartment and the balcony is nicely shaded by a beautiful tree... but we are noticing that said beautiful tree has some sort of crystallized sap all over the leaves- and when the wind blows it literally rains on us, on our balcony, on the outdoor furniture... etc. It's sticky and makes our feet sticky and it's weird. Is this what the tree normally does? Or is it diseased? I can't even figure out what the type of tree is- maybe the lead pictures will help. It's about 30-40 feet tall and the only evidence of a sap or crystal sap of any kind is only on the leaves- nothing on the bark. Help!
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sooby
Jul 7, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Welcome!

If you look carefully at your second picture you can see that there are insects there. They look like aphids. Aphids and certain other pests produce a sticky substance called "honeydew" and that's most likely what you are experiencing.

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Tisha
Jul 7, 2017 2:48 PM CST
That sounds Like my Heritage Birch does the same thing.
Aphids LOVE this water tree = sticky rain and the ants that love the aphids.
One year I cut off a 3/4" diam. branch at the wrong time of year. 18 mons later it was still bleeding water sap.It bled so heavily I could have taken a shower under the flow.
Your leaves look a lot like my birch.Can you post a pic of the trunk of the tree and tell us where the tree is growing-Florida, Ohio, Texas?????????????????????

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