Does Spanish Moss Harm Trees?

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not a parasite, but it can damage the tree by shading the leaves and preventing photosynthesis. Branches with a heavy load of Spanish moss might break under the weight. Removing the moss solves the problem and allows sunlight to penetrate the tree again.

Keywords: Spanish moss, Spanish moss harm, Spanish moss trees, Tillandsia usneoides trees

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Diane Watkins has been writing since 1984, with experience in newspaper, newsletter and web content. She writes two electronic newsletters and content around the web. Watkins has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Clemson University. She has taken graduate courses in biochemistry and education.