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Hi All,


Found London plane with some strange staining on one of its scaffold branches, also some dead branches close. Its not something I see in planes just wondering if am being over cautious or is it something more. sorry the photos are the I can get.


Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you





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It's a good chance that it is from a fungal attack, massaria, but wait for someone familiar with it to come along as I don't think I've seen it other than pictures. A cross section through a branch showing the CODIT reaction would confirm it is more than bark stripping.

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I might be wrong but I thought Massaria colonised the tension wood to the top of limbs- causing failure of quite big limbs.


Some of the dead limbs in the photos I'd just attribute to less competitive branches being over-shaded. (I can't actually see any stabilising. 


I think that @DavidHumphries has some hands on experience with this.

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