The Japanese Lantern Tree (Crinodendron hookerainum)
Has anyone any advice for me here?
This tree is now about 50 years old.
For years I have ignored advice as to clearing the lichen from it since it seemed to struggle through with it.
This winter however it was completely defoliated with the very severe (minus 10 centigrade at least for some length of time) frost.
In the Spring it rebudded and I relaxed again but now I am noticing that , even though there is a profusion of leaves the actual coverage of the tree by them is rather limited ( the branches and the lichen are extremely visible) as well as some of the new growth having died off so that I am still cutting off some dieback.
I have again been advised to remove the lichen as this is weakening the plant in its now vulnerable condition.
Can I no longer ignore this advice or can I nurse this tree back to health (possibly covering it up in the winter if extreme conditions are forecast again) ?