old gash in tree trunk- how will it affect tree?
I'm considering buying a paperbark maple. Of the 3 in stock at the nursery, only one has a really good leader, and it is the tallest and healthiest looking tree overall except it has an old split near the base of the trunk. The trunk caliper is only about 1 inch.
There is really good healing surrounding the split, but there is still about a 3/8 inch gap with dry grey wood showing.
The callus is about 1/8 inch wide so far.
The split extends about 3 inches in vertical length.
One other tree has a perfect looking trunk with a nice flare starting at the base, similar caliper. But the top of the tree is branched into 2 branches with one small, maybe former leader, in the center.
This tree is shorter.
I do not not know the root system differences--hopefully both are good.
Which tree would you buy? both are the same price.
Will the current split area make any difference once the tree is grown?