What is the green stuff growing on my trees?
We've been having a lot of rain lately, and I just noticed the trunks of the trees in my yard have this green growing on them. Does anyone know what it is and is it harmful to the trees?
Common name Algae, lichen, moss
Areas affected Trunks and stems of trees and shrubs
Main causes Humid, damp, still conditions and poor plant vigour
Timing Algae are more noticeable after wet weather; mosses and lichens are present year-round, but are more noticeable in winter.
Yeah, moss I was gonna say and I love the little pieces that fall in clusters from trees, don't you? I sometimes put them around in certain houseplants, to enjoy while they last. I just picked up some a few minutes ago!
Oh, really, Jackie! So, it's not harmful? LOL ...duh on my part. Glad I asked the question, so I will learn something.
...and you'll probably find it growing more on the north side of the tree. I tried to answer by hitting the green "answer this question" tab but nothing happened. I tried writing a hub a week or so ago and couldn't get that going, either.
Sounds like me Bob, all I aim to do gives me a problem and I just throw up my hands much quicker than I used to! But good luck if it was important to you. Like sometimes I cannot even type in a message at FB, then half hour later I can!
Hi Bob, HP was down this afternoon, maybe why. It took me a while to post this question, so I think they are having technical issues.
I don't know a lot about it Theresa but I have just always loved those little clusters and they get little flower looking things on them. I have never had them hurt anything. Have tried to get moss grow in places outside like in rock with no luck....
Oh, really, Jackie ...I'll have to see if they get flowers on them. Mine may be a different kind of growth though. I will let you know : )
Jackie, years ago someone told me that to spread moss, put some in a blender with buttermilk and pour the blended moss in the spots you want it to start. Didn't try it, so I can't guarantee it, but I'd use an old blender if I did.
Wow, MizB, now that's interesting! I'm sure Jackie will appreciate your tip.
Thanks MizB I will try that in summer.
No Theresa I don't think it is a flower but is like a dot on the end and when wet especially they sparkle and so beautiful like flowers. Need to get photo of that!
MizB...You're like a walking encyclopedia with endless tidbits of this & that!! You may be better than Google!
Yes, Jackie, try to get a picture of that! I would love to see that and I will take a closer look at the ones that fall to the ground here.
Lichen will grow on anything that doesn't move. Lichens are a symbiotic combination of a fungus with an algae or bacterium.
Low oxygen levels in the soil is a common cause, (Had a lot of rain?) It does no harm to the plants, lichens are completely self supporting organisms. That green stuff is a sign that the air surrounding the tree or shrub must be pure since lichens will not grow in areas with a smoky or polluted environment.
it should be the moss, just like the white patches on my plants too, bacterial infections.
I tried scrapping them off and water with milk mix with water to give more calcium
There's our cute little Theresa! I've missed you while you were off being Wife of the Year!~~~taking good care of your beloved as he healed. What a lucky guy! LOL, Yes, we wives do those nice things for our precious loved ones. I ask you, where would our hubbies and kids be if not for us?
Well, I know that sounds kinda boasty...but it's true and I think we should tell them every day~~~every hour~~~until it's etched in their minds like concrete!! LOL Hope you're back now Theresa!
I am the ultimate WRONG person to answer green thumb questions! Every plant I've ever had seems to wilt and wither away if I even look at it! Trees are way outta my grasp!
Hi Darling, Paula! What a sweet welcome back comment from you here. My hubby did me proud because he's been telling everyone how wonderful I was while he was healing LOL. I have missed everyone here and I do hope to get back to writing. Hugs
Awww...how sweet. UR hubby appreciates his precious wife. You R blessings to each other. I'm glad he's better. You're a special Caregiver! I took care of my hubby after his hip surgery. Men are spoiled, Theresa!! But worth it! LOL Glad UR back!
Thanks, Paula ...yes, men are spoiled indeed. LOL yes, I've come back in a grand manner with the green fungus on my trees hahaha ...
Looks like a moss or lichen of some sort. Send me some more pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org. So that I can take a closer look. Thanks for contacting me.
Like your answer Demas. Although I hope that the source of the question would know what a leaf would look like. Lichens are a good to have growing on your trees, but you won't find them normally in most cities or suburbs.
Hahaha ...you guys are too funny! Yes, the green growing on the trunks ...It's winter so no leaves yet except for the evergreens.
Dear Faith I'm glad you got a laugh. Is the green stuff fuzzy? Could you please take a close-up of the stuff we are looking at wit your cell and text me at 4199087044? So that I can have a closer look.
Well, I didn't get close enough to know if it is fuzzy. You can click on my photo and enlarge it on your tablet. I think it is lichens. I live in a rural small town.
I understand the wisdom of everyone else's answers, but I couldn't resist mentioning the first thing that came to my mind: leaves. ; - )
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