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How to Kill Tree Mold

By Tara Dooley ; Updated September 21, 2017
Mold doesn't usually kill trees.
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Trees are not the towering, indestructible objects that they appear to be. They can be damaged by all sorts of things such as weather, drought, animals, insects and mold. Mold growth on trees shows up on the leaves as spots or a powdery film. It doesn't always mean the tree will die, but it can happen. Removing the mold is the best way to prevent further damage.

Spray the tree with a sulfur-based treatment to kill mold and mildew such as powdery mildew. Mix the sulfur at a rate of 2 tsp. per gallon of water. Do not use this on walnut trees.

Spray water on trees that are developing a mold due to insects that leave a residue in their path. An example might be aphids. The mold itself will be taken care of when the sticky residue is worn off by weather or eaten by the insects. To keep it from coming back, you need to get rid of the insects by knocking them out of the tree. For bad infestations use an insecticide. The water can sometimes remove the mold itself as well.

Mix 1-part bleach to 10 parts water to spray the tree mold. Adding bleach to the water will increase the chances of removing the mold. The bleach will help kill and loosen the mold's hold on the leaves.

Cut out sections of branches with more serious mold that doesn't respond to sprays. This will remove the mold from the tree and keep it from spreading. Also, remove fallen leaves from around the tree so that they do not spread the mold.


Things You Will Need

  • Bleach
  • Insecticide
  • Sprayer
  • Sulfur-based treatment

About the Author


Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.