How to Cut Back Autumn Blaze Maple
I have an Autumn Blaze Maple that I believe is suffering from extreme sun scald. It is approximately 3" dbh and is about 15 feet tall. The problem has been getting progressively worse for the last three or four years. I think the tree is doomed (the bark has split almost completely around the trunk, in effect girdling the tree, and you can stick your finger all the way into the middle of the trunk through its open wounds). I think it's time to remove the tree but I'm wondering if I could cut it back to the ground and let it re-grow as a multi-stem tree. So my questions are:
1. If I cut the tree back to the ground, will it likely sprout from the stump?
2. Is this a good idea, or am I just asking for more trouble down the road?
3. Are there any tips for making this successful? Should I treat the stump or just whack it off and let nature take its course?