Apple tree bark peeling off

ltiltonMay 19, 2013

Last year, I found an oldish apple tree dying because much of the bark was peeling off and rotted.

Today, I saw that a relatively young tree's bark is peeling off the rootstock. Not rotting at all, thin bark just peeling off the wood. The tree looks quite healthy so far, but I doubt if it can survive what seems to be the equivalent of girdling.

The two trees are next to each other. Is this a disease? Should I be concerned for the even younger trees? Are there bark-saving measures I can take?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Is it peeling off down to the cambium? Is it on the southwest side of the tree? If so it's probably southwest injury caused by alternating freezes and heating in the sun.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 1:12PM
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ltilton

OK this is the old tree where the bark came off last year. I cut off about 2/3 of it, quite dead.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:36PM
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ltilton

Another shot of the old tree, more bark peeling.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:37PM
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ltilton

The young tree, facing north. This damage is all below the graft union.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:39PM
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ltilton

The east side of the young tree, with a piece of the peeled-off bark.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:40PM
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ltilton

Here is where I scratched the surface to see if there was live tissue beneath it. It looked green at first but turned red in less than a minute. I have no idea whatsoever if this means anything.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:42PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

The old tree is dead or headed in that direction. But the young tree just looks to be peeling the oldest, outer bark. That doesn't look serious to me.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:49PM
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ironman19

tree of apple , it have at least 50 years old , i think u can not srvive it ,

Here is a link that might be useful: recette tiramisu

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 2:57PM
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johnthecook

I have two espalier apple trees that look exactly like that. I thought it was collar rot or some other disease. It looks very serious to me but, I hope you are right and this is normal.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 3:33PM
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ltilton

Hope you're right FN.

The older tree is certainly dying - all but 2 scaffolds died last year. But when I saw the tree next to it peeling bark so copiously, so much like the dying branches on the other tree, I began to worry.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 4:00PM
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