type of tree and why is there moss on it

cholmes28(7)June 24, 2014

I have a tree that I think is some type of Japanese Maple (see photo), and it has soft furry green moss as well as lichen, and I was wondering if this is normal, or would indicate some type of problem.

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cholmes28(7)

here is the tree photo, will send the leaf next.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 3:17PM
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cholmes28(7)

Here is a close up of the leaf.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 3:18PM
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gardengal48

It is quite normal with older trees and in damper or more humid climates. It is unusual to see moss and lichen growing in such close proximity, however - moss likes the shade while lichens like the sun.

And that is a Japanese maple.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 4:25PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

lichens are entirely symbiotic ... just hanging on the tree..

other than being cool to look at... of no significance ...

never seen moss in a tree ... but maybe thats a MI thing ... usually its not damp enough..

BUT!!!! in the third pic.. do i see a very long pruning stub at high noon ... if so.. this tree mights be rotting on the interior ... and now.. looking back.. i think the first pic.. show a rotting prior pruning also ???

if so.. better pix ...

ken

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 7:52PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Look up live oaks and spanish moss. Some scenic stuff us folks with a winter usually do not get.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 8:02PM
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calliope(6)

I get moss on some of my trees in the shaded areas, heck it even grows up concrete and my field stones, so no reason it would not grow on a tree trunk. The lichen on my trees don't seem particular either. They grow in sun and shade.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 10:39PM
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