Hackberry > Branches/Trunk > Discolored areas on branches/trunk
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Wetwood or bacterial slime flux
Several species of bacteria
- Streaks or columns of water-soaked discoloration of bark on
the trunk or branches that is gray to yellow-brown when dry
and black to brown when wet
- Discoloration commonly starts at bark cracks, wounds, or
- Fluid may ooze or bleed out of openings in the bark and may
have a yeast-like odor
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- Colorful patches on the bark of trunk and/or branches
- Can be wrinkled, in scalloped sheets, lace-like pads, bushy tufts, paint-like spots or splashes
- Forms can be flat against the bark surface or raised in leaf-like lobes, finger-like or hairy projections
- Colors may be shades of gray, green, blue, yellow, orange, or red
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Coral spot canker
- Sunken dark brown area on branch that is often cracked or has a ridge at the edge
- Raised cushion-like bumps on affected branches, may be cream to orange or red, turn black with age
- Dead branches and twigs, often first observed in early spring when no leaves form
- Or, wilting soon after leaves emerge in spring
- Common on trees stressed by drought, recent transplant or
- More information on Coral spot canker...
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Botryosphaeria stevensii or Botryosphaeria spp.
- Cankers are brown to black sunken areas on branch that may have cracked bark and discolored sapwood
- Scattered dead branches seen throughout canopy
- Leaves on random branches wilt, turn yellow then brown during the growing season
- Infected branches don't leaf out in spring
- Common on trees stressed by drought, winter injury, wounds, insect feeding or other factors
- More information on Branch cankers...