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Q.Fig Issue

Zone south east louisiana | zaffutos@hotmail.com added on March 21, 2012 | Answered

My fig tree has light gray scale-like stuff on the bark of the tree. The leaves are small and the tree just looks sick. What could this be and how to treat? Thanks, Terry

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Answered on March 22, 2012

While I cannot be sure, it sounds like a scale infestation. Neem oil should help. Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm

It could also be lichen, which is not harmful to the tree but is attracted to unhealthy or stressed plants. If you want to get rid of it or simply get more info to see if this is your problem, here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/treatment-tree-lichen.htm

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