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Post Posted: Jul 11, 2018 6:28 pm 
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I have noticed more severely infected mistletoe infested pine trees this year in my area than I have ever noticed before. I have always pruned infected trees on my property. I've also cut down a handful of trees that had mistletoe on the trunk. It spreads like wildfire (sorry for the reference). Anyone else notice how bad the mistletoe is this year? I know it's always been around, but I see it everywhere when I'm driving and walking my dog. It seems like no one else is worried about it. I know a tree can still live a long time with mistletoe, but it's nasty - so I try to stay on top of it. Am I just overreacting?

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Post Posted: Jul 11, 2018 9:31 pm 
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Tell this to the folks who can give you good info & maybe help.

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Whoa, that's ugly stuff. No one is kissing under that. Maybe divorce under the mistletoe? :hugegrin:


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Post Posted: Jul 12, 2018 3:19 pm 
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chapped lips under the mistletoe?


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Bad stuff, We visited Durango, Pagosa Springs, Ouray and Silverton. The trees were absolutely infested with mistletoe. And now it's burning up. We cut our trees down and covered the timber.


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Post Posted: May 25, 2019 9:44 pm 
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Just a reminder to my mountain friends to keep an eye out for Dwarf Mistletoe. It's running rampant up here, and will eventually kill your pine trees. If your tree is mildly infected, you can cut the infected branches off and avoid losing the whole tree (unless the tree is badly infested - then it has to go). I cut a few branches out of my favorite Ponderosa Pine today. Nasty stuff. You have to catch it before it spores. Good luck, friends!

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Post Posted: May 26, 2019 4:15 am 
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There is no cure. Once a tree is infected you can cut off the affected branches it still in the main body of the tree but some trees can hold out surviving for years. Cut the infected branches off until you have a telephone pole, then cut that down.

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I've had it on a spruce tree for 15 years. I keep whacking it off and bagging it for disposal, but mistletoe sinks its roots into the tree and extracts its food so it's hard to kill. Very unsightly but just get it before it explodes--literally. The spores can go up to 50' and stick to any other wood around--including your house! Very unsightly, but like you said, it takes a long time to kill the tree. However, the tree will get progressively weaker and is then susceptible to other diseases. Cut the mistletoe off as soon as you detect it or it may form a distortion called a "witch's broom." All trees are susceptible, so definitely get it before it explodes! (I'm a former Master Gardener, used to write the gardening column for Mountain Connection. There my be new ways to actually kill the mistletoe.)


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I've had it on a spruce tree for 15 years. I keep whacking it off and bagging it for disposal, but mistletoe sinks its roots into the tree and extracts its food so it's hard to kill. Very unsightly but just get it before it explodes--literally. The spores can go up to 50' and stick to any other wood around--including your house! Very unsightly, but like you said, it takes a long time to kill the tree. However, the tree will get progressively weaker and is then susceptible to other diseases. Cut the mistletoe off as soon as you detect it or it may form a distortion called a "witch's broom." All trees are susceptible, so definitely get it before it explodes! (I'm a former Master Gardener, used to write the gardening column for Mountain Connection. There my be new ways to actually kill the mistletoe.)



Yeah, it's nasty stuff. I've only seen it in pine trees around here, but I'm not surprised that it will spread to other types of trees. I see it EVERYWHERE up here. People really seem to not care about it at all. It kind of drives me nuts. I know it's hard to mitigate if it's in the top of your 80 foot tall tree, but when it's in short trees next to your driveway, where you see it every day - you really should do something about it. Even if you don't care if it is in your trees, do something about it on your neighbor's behalf. Sorry for the rant. :eye crazy: :eye crazy: :eye crazy:


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