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W. Sorgen, ISA Ceritified Arborist
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Experience:  Bachelor's degree in forestry, and owner of a residential/commercial tree service.
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I have trees that have a mossy type growth that kills the

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I have trees that have a mossy type growth that kills the limbs it is on and the tree. What is this and how do I get rid of it??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landscaping
Expert:  Martin replied 2 years ago.
Hi. A picture would help. Is it looking a bit like that?
Expert:  W. Sorgen replied 2 years ago.
This is what moss looks like on bark:
This is what lichens look like on bark:
Both moss and lichens are completely harmless to trees; they just grow on the surface, as they do on rocks. You may indeed be seeing moss or lichens on the branches of dead trees, but I can assure you they are not the cause but merely coincidental.
Perhaps you are seeing something that is not lichens or moss, but rather fruiting bodies of fungi. The best way to ID it is a photo attached to your response.
Expert:  W. Sorgen replied 2 years ago.
Also, depending on the kind of trees you are having this problem with, you may be seeing dwarf mistletoe. It has a "moss" kind of look to it, but it only affects members of the pine and cypress family:
Expert:  W. Sorgen replied 2 years ago.
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