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« on: September 13, 2013, 08:49:15 PM »

Have an oak in my back yard. Lost a couple branches over the course of a month. One was very large and I lucked out in that it barely hit my house. Have noticed a few patches on the bark are whitish, break off easily, and the surface can be crumbled by hand into powder. I'm worried that this is the cause of the broken branches. See another patch higher up on the tree only this one is several feet long and there is no question that if the branch breaks in the wrong way I will potentially lose my car hole or part of home. I don't think it's fungus in that there are no growths on or around the tree. My guess is either a mold or insect. But I really need to know if there is something I can treat it with (Which means I need identification), if it's a lost cause, or not a problem.

While I would welcome any advice I figure someone might know an active forum I can try.

Also no there are no local arborists so I cannot go that route.
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 09:21:21 PM »

Have you checked for Lupus?
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 09:59:22 PM »

I'll ask my brother (an arborist). Can you post some decent pics of the spots (like, lots of them) and toss em up on photobucket with links or img embeds?
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 04:21:50 AM »

Well, my dad used to work for the state university Extension Service as an agriculture and horticulture specialist so my first thought is to try your state version of that.  They usually have offices in the county seat towns, but there are also online services.

I see your profile says you're in Oregon, and they have an "Ask an Expert" online thing here if that helps.  You can submit your description and any attached pictures as well, and my guess is if they're any good they will be able to identify it pretty easily and give you thorough treatment advice.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013, 06:44:08 PM »

Quote from: Purge on September 13, 2013, 09:59:22 PM

I'll ask my brother (an arborist). Can you post some decent pics of the spots (like, lots of them) and toss em up on photobucket with links or img embeds?

Hopefully this works. Haven't used photobucket before. Hopefully some of the pictures help. The iTouch sucks when it comes to wanting detail. At least my version does. Many thanks for the help.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 14, 2013, 04:21:50 AM

Well, my dad used to work for the state university Extension Service as an agriculture and horticulture specialist so my first thought is to try your state version of that.  They usually have offices in the county seat towns, but there are also online services.

I see your profile says you're in Oregon, and they have an "Ask an Expert" online thing here if that helps.  You can submit your description and any attached pictures as well, and my guess is if they're any good they will be able to identify it pretty easily and give you thorough treatment advice.

Will try this as well. Just need to figure out a good picture(s).
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2013, 09:54:52 PM »

That works. Can you also take some shots of the entire tree at a distance, as well as closer up? Show the risk points with branches coming down.
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 02:13:43 AM »

Got the best distance shot that I could. As far as close ups, the other pictures will have to make due. I wasn't able to get a couple of the branches, that I make note of, due to the digital zoom being worthless.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2013, 03:17:17 PM »

Here's the reply I've gotten from Ask an Expert. She did also say that this was a preliminary diagnosis and would hopefully have more to say after returning from travel.

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This type of growth and or fungus is usually a result of internal decay and is secondary, not the primary cause.

I will post the follow-up when I get it. I'm also still interested in what your brother thinks as well Purge.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2013, 09:48:44 PM »

Cool. Sorry I was out of town and he's been pretty busy. Sending link to him (I forgot about this thread until I was knee-deep in SWAP Force preview this week)
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2013, 09:58:46 PM »

Sent. Now the waiting. Tongue

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2013, 04:30:33 PM »

and?  we await with antici-















pation.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2013, 04:37:25 PM »

The rest of this happened in PM about "tree weeks" ago.

The result was that my bro (and his entire profession) are under-appreciated (his position, which I can agree with) and his recommendation is to get someone on-site.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2013, 04:41:41 PM »

you can't just leave us hanging while you branch off into PM's while the rest of us pine and bark for an answer; it wood knot be nice, so give it to us and take a bough biggrin
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »

Leaf me be.
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