About a month ago I cut back my shrub willows and red twig dogwoods almost to the ground. Last week I noted that a white and/or red-orange ooze covered almost every cut edge. Have you experienced this? I sprayed with fungicide but no one at my local nursery had ever seen anything like it, and we couldn’t find it in the plant diseases reference books. It seems to ooze from the cut edge and “bleed” enough so that the ooze covers the remaining branch and spills onto the ground.
Willows, in particular, are real “bleeders” when pruned, particularly if they are already starting to wake up/push and their sap is flowing. I wonder if that’s all that is going on?
The diseases I have experienced w/twig dogwoods, like cankers, I seem to recall being more blackened or brownish areas on stems.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.