Monkey Puzzle Dead/Sick?

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  1. Maddy1234

    Maddy1234 New Member

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    Hi. We have a Monkey Puzzle Tree in our garden that must be 150 year old. It’s significantly taller than the house but also only about 5 meters from the house.
    We are worried that it’s either diseased or on its way out! It has been dropping a large amount of spines, after turning brown. There are a number of completely bare branches, and many more that are starting to drop.
    It also spreads to have some kind of thick moss/lichen looking growth near the upper branches, but due to its height, its very difficult to establish what exactly it is! F4E85738-C2AA-441A-AE1E-E89DAD306CEB.jpeg D4113814-F107-4951-8DED-056058904074.jpeg D31DF870-107C-4DDF-A2FF-EB6F6B684CAA.jpeg
    Does anyone know why this could be? I’m concerned that if there is something wrong with it, it needs addressing quickly before it falls!
    Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That does not look good. Do you have any photos from the side?

    Lichen growing on it is not a direct concern (the lichen isn't harming it).
     
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    I have never seen a MP so heavily pruned like this. How often did you cut the lower branches?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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