There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) close up

another close up

This is the whole tree: the whole tree

I'm in Sydney, Australia.

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    Don't worry about the ants, they're only on the plant to collect honeydew from the scale infestation. Treat for scale and the ants will disappear.
    – Bamboo
    Jan 26, 2015 at 12:31

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It appears to be scale insects.

I'm not experienced with scales, but I imagine you can use neem oil and/or diatomaceous earth once in a while to help. I would get the diatomaceous earth all over the stems, wherever they are. I hear you can put a circle of cinnamon or something around your pot to help deter ants.


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