White specks on my contorted white pine tree
I recently noticed white specks on the trunk and branches/needles of my contorted white pine tree which I just planted a little over a year ago. Can you advise me what this might be and how to treat it. I contacted the landscape company where I purchased the tree and they thought it was a fungus and advised me to get it treated ASAP. Thank you, Sharon Osak
Lenawee County Michigan
Could this be the pine bark adelgid?
If it is the pine bark adelgid, it is a native insect and rarely harms the tree. If you desire treatment, there are several options laid out in the articles. If the tree is small enough, I would recommend one of the horticultural oils as you can achieve full coverage.
If you do NOT think this is the adelgid, please let me know! And if possible, take a few more pictures closer up for further identification.