growth at base of Photinia

Ann Baskett asked 12 years ago

One of our Photinina Red Robin- X Fraseri, has two or three unusual growths at the base of the branches as they go into the soil. Look like ‘barnacles’ but quite big about half a tennis ball size. They are ‘stuck’ to the brances and when we try to pull off no luck at all. The plant itself is ok does not show any sign of growth retardation. We have several of the same shrub on our boundary and no others are affected at all.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
This sounds very much like the early stages of a bracket fungus, which can affect many kinds of trees. It can kill the tree, but sometimes does not, or kills just one branch.

Nothing can be done, except to reduce competition of weeds or other plants and do not mulch around the neck of the tree.