Saturday, July 29, 2017

bacterial wetwood

... at least, I think that's what this is: yesterday one of the locust trees in our back yard had sap pouring down it, and the bark looks as though it's been slashed open in numerous places.  Apparently this can be a response to tree stress - and as if it wasn't already badly stressed enough from drought and from gophers chewing its roots, it was stressed when we had it seriously pruned to cope with the effect of of lack of rain and too many sharp yellow tombstone-shaped gopher teeth,  Today, it seems to have stopped weeping, and the sap is forming tight amber-like balls, which are curiously pretty, but don't necessarily signal good tree-health.

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