Japanese Maple Trees

White Sap on the Trunk of Japanese Maple Trees


sap added on July 8, 2011 | Answered

The last two years this is continually and constantly occurring. The sap is like a sticky, lumpy white glue running down the trunk of two Japanese maple trees. Their height is about 8 feet with a spread of 10 feet, planted 7 years ago and 12 feet apart. The soil is well drained and never gets water logged. I live in an urban city area on a busy main road, and I have looked for more trees with this problem without success.


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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 13, 2011

There are two things that it may be.

The first is that the tree has borers and the sap is leaking from the borer damage. This article will help you with that:
https://extension.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05530.html

The other is that the tree has Japanese Maple Scale. The sap would actually not be sap, but honeydew secreted from the scale bugs. The lumpy white appearance is the scale itself, which is a bug that covers itself in a protective white sheath. Here is more information on that:
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_docs/articles/EBR-18%20Japanese%20Maple%20Scale.pdf

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