Q: A giant oozing growth suddenly appeared on the side of my pine tree, about 5 feet off the ground. It’s a white bubbly thing, 6-8 inches across. Scary, scary stuff.
A: You’re right – if I saw something like this on my leg, I’d head for the emergency room!
But what your tree has is less scary than you think – it’s a fine infection of pitch canker.
This disease is common on trees in the pulpwood tracts of south Georgia. It is kin to fusiform rust, which causes swelling of limbs and orange powder oozing in spring.
There is no control except removal of the tree if it poses a danger to life or property
You can get an arborist, for a second opinion, from www.georgiaarborist.org