I have an Autumn Blaze maple that was planted in 2006. Today, I noticed white silky pod-shaped things attached to the tree all up and down the smaller branches. What are these? Do I need to treat the tree?

The description sounds like cottony maple scale, a type of insect that lives underneath the white substance. Their populations vary from year-to-year, but generally are considered more of a nuisance due to the amount of sap that drips from the trees they are living on. We can evaluate the problem and recommend treatment if needed. Please contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.

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