has anyone seen this before? ..

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  1. grdnstff

    grdnstff Active Member 10 Years

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    i'm attaching photos of a black elder with these little guys attached to its side .. i'm interested to find out what they are .. and what they might do .. if it's necessary to cut this elder back below where they are living .. any comments appreciated ..
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    These look like the fruiting bodies of some fungus, but not one that I know. If it is a fungus, it's likely that the elder is a lost cause; however, you could try cutting it down to a stub and hope that a new shoot comes up from the base or the roots. I don't think that it is grafted.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It could just be a harmless slime-mould that has climbed up the stem for a dispersal point.

    If the elder leafs out normally in spring, it'll likely be OK.
     
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    Can you squish them like an egg?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Not sure about bluish sacs but the fuzzy bits in the first shot are like woolly apple aphid.
     

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