UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Monthly Tip

Mistletoe

Tip description

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that reduces the vigor of the host tree and can threaten its survival, especially if it's drought weakened.

Cut off affected limb 18" or more below mistletoe attachment. If this isn't possible, remove mistletoe and wrap the infected area with black plastic to kill any resprouting. More information about this plant is in the UC Pest Note on Mistletoe.

Months applicable
  • December
Category
  • 3. Pests and Diseases

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