What Time of Year do Pine Trees Drip Sap?

Pine trees are gorgeous year round in South Florida, with their array of colors–emerald green needles, brown pine cones and hickory-colored bark. And for a longer time of the year (Since our winter only lasts a month or so), some pines add yet another hue: shiny, gold sap. 

Pine Sap: When It Happens, What Should I Look For and What Can I Do?

What time of year do pine trees drip sap?

Because sap keeps nourishing ingredients running throughout the tree, small amounts of sap will ooze all year in South Florida from pines due to the continuous warm weather. It will happen more frequently after they’re pruned.

Seasonly, you’ll see the most sap flow in spring and early summer.

During winter (Our whole week of it), sap slows down and then picks back as spring approaches. Plus, as the temperatures change from cool to warm, the pressure increases, which can force a bit of sap to drip.

How much pine sap is normal?

A few drops here and there during the growing season, or shortly after the tree has been pruned is normal. If the sap is pooling or puddling large amounts, that’s too much.

An excessive amount of sap is often paired with other symptoms like:

  • Insect holes in trunk
  • Broken or damaged branches
  • Wounds from tree pruning
  • Cankers or dead sections on bark
  • Sap that’s not golden-brown in color

What if I have a pine tree oozing white sap?

Golden sap comes from healthy trees. If you see any other color,  your tree could have a pest or other problem. So, your best bet is to have a SaveMore tree expert examine the tree in person and see what’s up.

Can I do anything to make it stop sapping?

Again, a pine dripping a bit of gold-colored sap in Palm Beach is healthy, so just let nature take its course. If that’s not the color of your tree’s sap, contact us to come out and take a look!