Azalea problem?

Asked April 18, 2019, 4:06 PM EDT

I have very old azaleas which have not had any care other than pruning out the dead over the past several years. Now I notice something that looks like lichens on the stems. Can I be correct? Does it hurt? Is it a sign that they need some better care? What kind? Thanks for your expertise.

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3 Responses

Lichens are completely harmless to shrubs and trees. They do tend to grow on still or slow-growing things. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lichens

You mention that your azaleas are old; perhaps they have other problems, but if the stems are developing healthy foliage/flowers, just enjoy them.

You are welcome to send us photos of the azaleas if you have other concerns and would like us to take a look. You can click on "choose file" below and attach up to three files from your photo library.

Christa

Thanks for the info