Growth on cherry trees

Asked August 2, 2017, 7:37 AM EDT

This is happening on one of my cherry trees. Any ideas on what it is? The tree is probably 5 years old and looks healthy otherwise.

Washington County Maryland white prunicola scale scale prunicola scale cherry tree cherry tree with white fuzzy stuff white fuzzy coating on cherry tree

2 Responses

These are scale insects. They suck the contents out of plant cells. Scale insects have a covering to protect them, like a turtle. The fuzzy white ones are the males. Scrub the bark with a stiff-bristled brush (but not a wire brush). This will knock the covers off the scales. Then spray with insecticidal oil or soap. Be very careful of air temperature when you spray. Read the label closely. This also exposes the scale insects' bodies to beneficial predatory insects.

When the tree is dormant this fall through winter, spray again with a dormant oil.

Here is more info on scale insects: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/armored-hard-scale-trees-and-shrubs

ECN



Thank you very much! It looks much better after following the advice you gave