What is the green growth on highway trees driving in S.Carol. & Georgi

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Noticed as we drove south today on 95 there are bunches of green plants growing in a rounded clump on the trees at the very top. Would it be safe to say that it could be mistletoe plants? They are ever so pretty but so far up in the tree I cannot see if there are any berries. Or could it be something else? Thanks for your help.

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 02, 2018
    It could be air plants or anything up there.

  • Judy Judy on Jan 02, 2018
    This would be a interesting sight to watch, or ask the Dept. of Conservation, or Highway, to ask them, for details. Do tell us your response, thank you. Tho it depends on what state you are in, and the climate. Best wishes, J.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jan 02, 2018
    Cudzoo grows all over every unused field in SC and GA it seems.It is a non native plant brought to the colonies from Europe to increase the food for the livestock. It literally took over. It is hard to kill or contain.

    • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Jan 03, 2018
      Cudzu is a vine it doesn't clump up. I don't think that's what she's seeing.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 02, 2018
    Could it be Kissing Bough

  • Delle Delle on Jan 02, 2018
    I haven't been in the South in many years, but there used to be a very invasive vine called Kudzu that grew wild by the roadsides.

  • Oberlinmom Oberlinmom on Jan 03, 2018
    It may be Mistletoe it does clump up and apparently can be found in almost all states. I used to hear about people using shotguns to "harvest" mistletoe.
    I think someone else mentioned air plants or Tillandsia part of the Bromeliad family. In the south you can see clumps of them up in the trees but they are normally on a branch. Mistletoe can be up in the airy branches of the tree, like a squirrel's nest.

    • Joyce R. Joyce R. on Jan 04, 2018
      Many thanks for answering my question....appreciate your thoughtfulness! Happy New Year!


  • Joyce R. Joyce R. on Jan 04, 2018
    Thanks to everyone who answered my question. So nice of you to respond....