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Japanese Maple bark peeling

Posted by Eugene10 PA. (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 11, 13 at 9:39

Hi all,
Have this japanese maple (love it) at my house. Noticing the bark coming off. Wonding if I should worry?

thx


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

Yes. That is not a good sign. The occluded branch growth, the tight crotch and the weeping canker all spell some sort of rot occurring. How unhealthy and unsafe the tree actually may be difficult to tell from just photos. Suggest you hire a certified arborist to come out and look at the tree, diagnose problem fully and make suggestions. Removal is a distinct possibility.

Do not just ignore. It could become a liability.


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 9:10

I agree with GardenGal. In addition to what she said, there's bugs eating the tree. Notice the fresh sawdust.
I'd enjoy the Fall color and then cut it down.
Mike


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

Mike, I think the sawdust is the result of the removal of that occluded branch going off through the middle - the cut looks fresh :-)) Nevertheless, this tree is not in good shape........sorry.


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 8:34

Yes, Pam, I see it now as a fresh cut. I wondered where that branch went. Duh.
Thanks.
Mike


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

thanks for your help....I love the tree and it anchors the corner of my house. I will try to post the results when the arborist gets in.


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RE: Japanese Maple bark peeling

That extra smaller branch looks like a trouble maker. I can imagine myself out there with a dremel tool trying to remove it and clean uo any loose bark.

Good news is this is a Japanese maple and if it fails they are not typically large enough to create an insurance claim! My bet is the arborists tries to clean up that rotted area and see if the tree has enough vigor to encapsulate it. I think I see the bark regrowing further down in the photo. If he suggests any type of sealer I would be curious as to what it is. My understanding is that stuff is more hopes and dreams than science even if it obviously would benefit from a cure rot cure.


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