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It's a silver leaf maple. Other than looking ugly is it doing any harm. Can I do anything to fix this? I have a couple more that look similar to this.
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That looks to be an old wound attempting to heal. It's hard to say from what . Does it face west??? Possibly frost crack/sunscald???
The tissue needs to "roll over" and close in. Keep the wound clean of debris and carve a smooth surface for the tissue to adhere to as it slowly begins to seal. Watch that a pocket does not form at the base. This will give an easy place for decay/rot to form. Bark tracing is another step in the repair but from what I see (and I can't see the bottom) it doesn't need it.

Buddy Rodgers
Certified Kansas Arborist since 1982
 
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