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Viscum album/Mistletoe

Viscum album / Viscum album
Typical occurrence of mistetoe growing in the canopy of a weakened water oak tree showing dieback in tree
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Typical occurrence of mistetoe growing in the canopy of a weakened water oak tree showing dieback in tree

Close-up image of mistletoe growing out of a tree trunk

Mistletoe growing out of a tree trunk

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Scientific Name: Viscum album
Common Name: Mistletoe
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows while attached to the limbs of trees, usually in the tops of trees where plants are exposed to more direct sunlight. Mistletoe takes water and nurishment from their host plants. This is a common parasite in the tops of water oaks, especially trees that seems to be in a declining state. It is difficult to remove plants from tall trees and if removed the mistletoe returns unless a chemical is used to kill the parasite.