Taking Down Mistletoe: Preserving Tree Vitality and Strength

October 22, 2023
Sunny Crutchfield


In this highly educational and insightful video, expert arborists Wes Rivers and Cory Herpel delve into the intriguing world of mistletoe and its impact on trees during the winter season. As the trees shed their leaves, they reveal a telltale sign – green growth inside the canopy, which could indicate the presence of mistletoe. The arborists confirm that mistletoe is, indeed, a parasitic plant that establishes a one-way relationship with the tree, feeding on its precious sap.

The discussion delves deeper into the consequences of mistletoe infestations. Repeated or severe cases of mistletoe can lead to branch and limb dieback, a concerning issue for the tree’s overall health. While mistletoe alone may not be the direct cause of a tree’s demise, it opens the door to other stressors, potentially creating a snowball effect on the tree’s well-being.

Drawing a fascinating analogy, the arborists liken mistletoe to fleas on a dog. Just as fleas feed on a dog’s blood, mistletoe feeds on the tree’s sap. Thus, the necessity of controlling and managing mistletoe becomes evident. Sometimes, getting rid of it is possible, but in certain cases, the challenge persists. Regardless, the experts emphasize the importance of actively managing mistletoe to prevent its spread and safeguard the tree from further harm.

Beyond the tree’s health, mistletoe’s presence raises other concerns. The experts highlight its unsightly appearance, which can detract from the overall beauty of the tree and the landscape. Additionally, they draw attention to the potential toxicity of mistletoe to pets, underscoring the urgency to remove it promptly and responsibly.

Next Steps

As the video nears its conclusion, the arborists extend a warm invitation to viewers facing mistletoe or any other tree-related problems. They encourage seeking assistance from their team of highly qualified and ISA-certified arborists available at treenewel.com. Whether it’s diagnosing mistletoe infestations or addressing other tree issues, their expert consultation promises to be a valuable step towards maintaining healthy and thriving trees.

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