What type of fungus is this (picture attached)

casanova(z7 Newnan, GA)June 4, 2005

I have an azalea that I have had planted in the ground for about 5 years. It looks fine all over except this one branch that i went ahead and broke off. I took a picture with my webcam, so it might be hard to see.

It resembles old paint on a wooden house that needs to be re-painted. It chips away just like paint would on a house after many years. It was only one branch, and it had nearly no new growth at all so I went ahead and snapped it off. Just curious as to what it is. http://webpages.charter.net/bb4caps/fungus.jpg

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Casanova! I can't really tell much from that image, but I suspect your azalea has some LICHEN (pronounced ly'-kin). For some reasons, lichens are really attracted to azaleas.

Lichens are harmless to your plant, but typically an indication that something is wrong. They won't thrive on truly healthy azalea. Also, azaleas might not be unhealthy...just past their prime.

Is this what you have? See attached.

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    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 4:42PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Lichen, and not harmful. Usually the result and not the cause of a weakened branch, but can be found on healthy growth, or even fences.

I hope when you say snapped, you may have meant pruned? A clean sharp cut is always preferable to a jagged break :)

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    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 4:47PM
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casanova(z7 Newnan, GA)

Yes, that is exactly what it is. Thanks so much. If I had known what it was I would have posted a better picture. At least I know now it's not harmful

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 12:41AM
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tadeusz5(z5 il)

CAsanova;

Take a couple 4 inch cuttings of the new growth from your broken branch , small quart sized pot, soil mixture wet but not soggy, take off 70 % of the leaves, isert that cutting into that mixture, get a gallon sized or smaller zip lock bag, close it, place it in a shade no direct sun, await about 10-12 weeks and lo and behold you might have a "new" plant from that broken branch.

tadeusz.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 10:20AM
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