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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    August 1, 2015
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    It could have a fungus or pests could be to blame. You can remove any dead growth and it should regrow. Look for pests and treat the tree with Neem oil (both an insecticide and fungicide) and see if this helps at all.

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    April 12, 2017
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    Your Plum Tree sounds as if it suffered winter damage and if a tree is stressed it is more likely to suffer from pests or disease.
    Trees do die from particularly harsh winters and there is really not anything that can be done.
    If the branches break and snap they are dead. If you can scratch the bark and still see green, they are still alive.

    Harsh winter weather can easily damage Arborvitae and especially new plantings.

    Here are some articles that will help you.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/plum/plum-tree-diseases.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/arborvitae/growing-arborvitae-trees.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/arborvitae/fertilizing-arborvitae-trees.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/arborvitae/winter-damage-to-arborvitae.htm

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  • Answered by
    drtreelove on
    August 15, 2018
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    The part of the fungus you see is the fruiting body (mushroom-like spore dispersal organ), the growing body is the mycelium which is deep inside the woody tissues. It doesn't do much good to shave off the fruiting body, it would be mostly for cosmetic reasons.
    From the photos this tree appears to be in bad shape, poorly pruned, sunburned and with extensive decay. The fungus present appears to be growing out of dead wood and cavities, and not affecting the living tissue. But its hard to see what's going on without photos of the entire tree.

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  • Answered by
    GKH_Susan on
    March 28, 2022
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    If it isn't growing, but is producing suckers, the tree is stressed. You do need to remove any suckers that show up, particularly if below the graft if there is one.

    Plums do prefer moist soil, so it does need supplemental water when rain is not sufficient. It also needs water during the winter. To make sure it is still alive, scrape away some of the bark, if it is green beneath, it is still alive.

    If you think you are giving it the proper water, fertilizer, soil and sunny placement, I would suggest testing the soil. Then you will know exactly what fertility is lacking. You can do that at your local extension office. I will give you a link to find their location.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

    https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/buffalo/Plums%3A%20Earliest%20Spring%20Flowering%20Trees%2C%20April%2016%2C%202011.pdf

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