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Bacterial Wetwood or Slime Flux
Bacterial wetwood, also called slime flux, is a major bole rot of trunks and branches of trees. Slime flux has been attributed to bacterial infection in the inner sapwood and other heartwood areas of the tree. The bacterial infection is normally associated with wounding or environmental stress.

The bacteria is determined to cause wetwood in elm, but numerous other bacteria have been associated with this condition in other trees such as cottonwood, willow, ash, maple, birch, hickory, beech, sycamore, cherry and yellow-poplar.

Symptoms of Slime Flux
A tree with slime flux is water-soaked and “weeps” from visible wounds and even from healthy looking bark. The “weeping” may be a good thing as it is having a slow, natural draining effect on a bacterium that needs a dark, damp environment. A tree with this bole rot is trying its best to compartmentalize the damage.

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