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Q.What’s This Liquid Coming Out of My Tree?

adriana812 added on March 29, 2011 | Answered

I just bought a house with a beautiful apple tree in the backyard. Last night, while watering, I noticed a liquid coming out of a spot where the branches have been cut. The liquid doesn’t look like sap, more the water. I don’t believe this to be an infection from cutting off the branch because it seems to have been cut several months before.
The apple tree has gone uncared for for a long time, but seems healthy for the most part and still had apples on it when we bought the house in December. Any idea what this liquid might be? is there any chance we can make it healthy again? and will my other fruit trees have the same thing?

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Answered on March 30, 2011

It is likely sap. Sap in the spring is very watery. It will be fine and this will not hurt the plant. It is common for recent pruning cuts to do this in the spring when sap runs.

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