What is wrong with my Loblolly Pine?
I have two Loblolly Pines in the front yard of my new house - I live in your standard (south) Houston suburb. In general, my pines have looked a little less healthy than the neighbors - losing brown needles all summer, a few droopy branches near the bottom. They're probably about 10 years old.
Now, I've noticed some round growths popping up from under the bark of one of the trees (the healthier looking one, oddly enough). These growths are in an area right near the base of the trunk, covering one side of the trunk about 8 inches across and about 18 inches in height. There's tons of sap dripping out (which you can see in the picture. Can anyone tell me what this could be? Is my tree a goner?
The only thing I've wondered about is that the previous owners had a bunch of Asian Jasmine planted around the tree - right up to the trunk. There's always a few vines growing up which I snip back, but they haven't been in the area that has these growths (not since I've been here, at least). Could the Jasmine be causing problems for the tree?