Do I have mistletoe?

lois(PA Zone 6)November 17, 2013

I took a closer look at the maple tree in the back yard with its poison ivy infestation, and I saw something else.

It looks like it is growing right out of the tree, but the leaves are definitely not maple like the tree. Could it be mistletoe? Its leaves look kinda like it. If so, how cool!

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thatcompostguy

I do believe you have mistletoe. I want to "plant" more of it around where I'm at. Found a cluster on the ground last year with seeds attached. Probably not viable now. But I might try anyway. I have it growing in a plum thicket no more than 6 feet off the ground. Dad used to shoot it down out of the tall trees at home with a shot gun.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 9:36AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Yes that is mistletoe.

Chris, look at the link below on "planting" mistletoe.

"Dad used to shoot it down out of the tall trees at home with a shot gun."

My Dad used a 22 rifle to shoot it down, He was a really good shot, no brag just fact!

Here is a link that might be useful: mistletoe

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 11:51AM
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lsst(7b)

I thought mistletoe- if left to grow could eventually kill the host tree.

I have it growing on a hack berry tree and had planned on removing it this season to use for Christmas decorating.

If it will not hurt my tree, I will leave some of it and harvest it each Christmas season.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 11:04PM
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nannerbelle(8A)

Yes, I have some here at the old house and it is up in the tops of the trees. I've got a lot of it around here. I hope there is some around the new house, I remember my uncle and Dad shooting it down with a shotgun too.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 12:54AM
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thatcompostguy

I don't think it will kill a healthy tree. Not for a long time, anyway. You can look it up.

Planting it is easy if you find the seeds. just tuck them in a crack in the bark somewhere. can secure with a little glue if need be. Or wrap with masking tape or something that won't keep the water out. I have wild Bradford pears that I want to get it going in.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 7:58AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

"I thought mistletoe- if left to grow could eventually kill the host tree."

Yes it can kill it, if it has a lot of it on it. A healthy tree with a few sprigs will be OK.

After all, it is a parasite. It is taking nutrients from the tree.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 2:15PM
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chas045(7b)

Yes that is certainly mistletoe. I came from northern California where it ONLY grows on large deciduous oak trees. When I moved here nine years ago I was totally surprised to find a mini clump growing out of a hickory tree in my front yard at eye level. The mistletoe died a few years later. A local said it was common to see it in hickory trees here. I had no idea it would grow from other trees.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 11:44AM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

Mistletoe growing is a sign that tree was weak already and vulnerable to parasite. Removing visible part will not really help. Tree may still live several years.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 9:08AM
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