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Old 05-05-2013, 11:13 PM
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What's going on with this tree ?

Noticed this tree filling out twice as fast at the bottom as the top. Found this about 2' up on the trunk. Small bugs went to runnin' when I flaked off the rotten bark.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:51 PM
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Bump. I used some Bayer pest control and fertilizer combo until I could find out what I have going on here.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:41 PM
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You have a dieing trunk... do you have a picture of the crown??? my guess is that it has trouble at ground level...
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:10 PM
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I forget how it happens but that can be caused by too much warmth in winter. Especially if it is only showing up on the sunny side of the tree. If the foliage still looks ok the tree will probably survive.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:18 AM
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I forget how it happens but that can be caused by too much warmth in winter. Especially if it is only showing up on the sunny side of the tree. If the foliage still looks ok the tree will probably survive.
That is actually known as "Sun Scald" and happens when the bark is extremely cold and a bright sun reflectes off the snow and warms one part of the bark, which expands and splits becuz of tempd differences...

To the OP:
Did the bark peel off all the way around the tree???
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:29 AM
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That is actually known as "Sun Scald" and happens when the bark is extremely cold and a bright sun reflectes off the snow and warms one part of the bark, which expands and splits becuz of tempd differences...
Actually what you just described is known as frost cracking.

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What's up with the tie, and don't you think it might be more than coincidental that this is occurring around the tie?

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:57 PM
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Another common occurance with maple bark is that with a lot of water the bark can crack and the microbes make a home and live off the moisture flowing through the cambium... who knows what the microbe is,but getting rid of the bark and allowing the healthy bark to grow over it for the future is a good idea...
This tree is a matter of fact next to the natural flow of water out of my backyard. The ground next to one side of it stays wet for a day more at least after a rain.
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What's up with the tie, and don't you think it might be more than coincidental that this is occurring around the tie?
I wasn't sure when to take the ties/bamboo off of them (3 total trees). My Tulip Popular still is very flexible seems like. I've attached a pic of the whole tree. The sun made it difficult to tell, but the smaller upper half has quite a few reddish leaves and is obviously smaller than the bottom growth.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:22 AM
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I wasn't sure when to take the ties/bamboo off of them (3 total trees). My Tulip Popular still is very flexible seems like. I've attached a pic of the whole tree. The sun made it difficult to tell, but the smaller upper half has quite a few reddish leaves and is obviously smaller than the bottom growth.
That bamboo stake is not intended to be used after planting. Looks to me like the tie might have partially girdled the tree, and quite possibly leading to the damage. You should have properly staked the tree once you planted it, assuming it needed to be staked at all. Avoid staking unless absolutely necessary. In other words, take the stakes out.

For your reading pleasure, I chased down a couple of sources on staking trees.

http://www.umass.edu/urbantree/facts...kingtrees.html

http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/634.pdf
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:39 PM
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Actually what you just described is known as frost cracking.

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What's up with the tie, and don't you think it might be more than coincidental that this is occurring around the tie?
That was my first question...seen many dead or dying trees girdled because the installer forgot to take off the top of burlap or wire basket/ didn't come back and loosen the straps...sad.

It looks like this tree had low tie wraps and wind or whatever might have cracked the trunk
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:01 PM
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I'll take a picture of the whole thing tomorrow. The bottom half of the foliage has came out as it should but the top has stayed smaller and part of the leaves have turned reddish, not a lot though. I removed all the rotten bark today and coated it with a brush on black tree bandage product. Interesting thing though, when I removed the damaged bark I found what looked to be a red colored ant (large) with a black abdomen.
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