Hey y’all ~
The hawthorn in our yard had a bad morning. One of the major trunks fractured and collapsed. The good news is that this isn’t one of my bonsai. But I’d still like to understand it, because I was considering doing some “instant bonsai” air layers from this tree. If the tree has a mortal disease then I’ll likely cancel the air layer plan. There’s not much point starting bonsai that are doomed from day 1.
Anyway, I’m curious what happened here. Is this some sort of infection, or is it just mold taking advantage of wood that was already rotting? Do the black specks mean anything?