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Trees/Fungi on Hackberry Tree


We have a large hackberry at the corner of our driveway and the road in front of our house.  The trunk supports three large "mini trunks" that shoot up about 30 feet in the air.  I noticed a couple of weeks ago that one of the three mini trunks has died.  I then noticed that there are at least four large fungi looking growths in different areas of the tree.  One is at the base, two are about three feet off the ground and another is about six feet off the ground.  I'm attaching a picture of one of the growths.  Can this growth be killed?  Is my tree beyond rescue?

Thank you for your help!

This is a decay fungi. It infects the wood not the living tissue. There is not anything that can be done for the decay fungi. This fungi infects the woody cells and over many years can make the tree hollow. It will not kill the tree since it does not infest any living cells. The loose bark can be removed this will help the tree heal over the wound better. I would watch the wound for sawdust or hole bored into the wound, These are caused by an insect called a borer. The borers can damage and may kill the tree. I would spray the wound area on the trunk with an insecticide called Merit or Onyx IF you see signs or you could spray for a preventive treatment.  This will kill the insect in the bark and wood. Borers usually attack weakened trees so I would fertilize the tree with 10-10-10 fertilizer at the rate of 1 lb per inch of trunk diameter scattered around the tree and watered in good. Fertilize just before a rain storm and you will not need to water it in. Do this now and again in the Fall after the leaves fall. This will increase the overall health of the tree.  


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Jim Hyland


I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.


34 years as State Pest Management Chief in a Southern state. Extensive knowledge in Forestry.

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