I've looked at other questions and I'm quite sure the plant outside my house has a scale problem. But I don't know much about gardening so I'd like some advice please. I found these other questions with photos that look similar:
- White stripy things on trunk are killing my plant
- What is this black spotted disease on my orange tree?
- Can anyone identify this abnormality that is on my dwarf citrus?
These are my main questions:
- What is the plant?
- What are the things on it?
- Can you guess how long the plant might have been like this?
To be honest I've not really paid much attention to the plant, I rent the house so I only need to keep the garden generally maintained. I found another website that suggested if it's a type of scale they could increase over months. Most of the branches I cut off were covered in them and I filled 2 average sized bin bags of cuttings.
After the first image the others of the plant are of parts I cut off. It was only half way through trimming the plant back when I noticed the things on it.
The second image below show more of the white things. The third image shows a bit more of a mix of black and white things. The fourth image is one of the higher newer looking branches that doesn't look to have as much of the things on it. The last image show my cutters, I noticed a yellow/orange looking substance on them.
Basically I'd decided the plant looked to need a bit of trimming, more so on the right where it was growing near the neighbors window.
I have one last question and feel free to tell me if I'm being daft. Is there any chance whatever they are could cause irritation on human skin or anything else unwanted? Would it be an issue to animals around the plant? We have quite a few cats on this street that walk under the plant.