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Q.Suspected Sooty Canker Disease In My Mulberry Tree. Is This Tree Too Far Gone?

Zone Averill Park, NY- Zone 5B | Anonymous added on June 27, 2022 | Answered

Was unaware of this disease. It’s been happening over 2-3 years now. Pruning and sealing the pruned areas didn’t seem to stem the spread. This year it looks really bad but the tree is giving an abundant crop of m mulberries. I am including photos from today. This would be heartbreaking to have to cut down but I need to know what to plan for. I’ll appreciate any judgement call on its condition based on the photos. The rot starts from the base. Wish I had known about this sooner. I just thought it was stress because of the weird whipsaw winters and hot cold swings up here (NY Berkshires).

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Answered on July 8, 2022

Once it spreads to the largest branches or trunk, it will likely kill the tree. You may want to have the diagnosis confirmed by a tree specialist before removing it. Here is more:

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