Hi, We have never been sure what type of tree this is, it is very unusual but pretty. It was split in half a few years back by a series of hurricanes, but recovered nicely. It grows shoots up out of the ground and creates new trees, evidenced by all the new trees sprouting up in that hard to reach place between my fence and my neighbors. The problem is over this past summer I noticed a black mold??? growing on it. It is affecting some of the new sprouts growing up between the fence. The only thing is we have a pretty bush that grows around the base of the tree, (sorry can't think of the name of this either both were established when we moved in) and there is no mold??? or affect from what's happening with the tree to the bush. Here are some pictures, can take more if needed, can anyone help me? I am at a loss as to what to do. Removal of the tree is last resort. Thanks.