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Old 03-27-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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I really don't know how to describe them.... they're grey with little plant like things sticking out. Sometimes they fall to the ground. (My dog loves to fetch them and run around with them in his mouth.)
I think they are on my cedar elm too. Are they bad? Do they need to be removed? I've noticed driving around that some trees will have them worse than others....
Does anyone know what I'm talking about???
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:07 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Are these what you're talking about?

Colorful Holiday Ornaments on Oaks! (http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/HomeHort/F1Column/2004Articles/DEC5.htm - broken link)
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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I think they are talking about the moss things. I can't remember the specific word, but it's completely natural and will not hurt the tree at all. My dogs love playing with them too.

this: Spanish moss - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:48 PM
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Location: San Antonio
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What OP is describing sounds like ball moss.

Tillandsia recurvata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It doesn't hurt or help the tree. The only reason to remove it is if you don't want it to be there.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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What OP is describing sounds like ball moss.

Tillandsia recurvata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It doesn't hurt or help the tree. The only reason to remove it is if you don't want it to be there.
Oh, yeah! Those! I wondered what those were, too.
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I can confirm that they won't do any harm to the tree....we have two HUGE Live Oaks that we had trimmed and specifically asked the arburist that did them and he assured us that they were totally harmless.
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Helotes
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Yes it is Spanish moss and it can attach itself to all kinds of things like phone wires too. It does not feed off the trees, it is independent, BUT too much shade cause by alot of it in one area of the oaks and the tree does show the effects.
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Here is a picture of some trees in the pasture that have ball moss. I don't think it hurts the trees but I think it is ugly. I have seen it take over a tree so much that there aren't any leaves on it and the tree looks dead. If I had a crane I would trim it all off.

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Old 03-27-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Here is a closer picture. I HATE that stuff!!

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:23 PM
 
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Default Thank you!!!

That's it- ball moss!!! Yea- I don't really like them either.... maybe we'll take down what we can reach. I'm glad to know they're not hurting my trees.
Thanks again
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