Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dying Maple Tree Need Evaluated for Hazard Potential

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dying Maple Tree Need Evaluated for Hazard Potential

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Q * I have a very old maple that is starting to lose huge chunks of bark and is discolored underneath. It is the southwest side of the tree. Is this sun scald? It looks more like a fungus underneath to me. This is also near a place where a large root was cut during a street and sidewalk replacement project.

A * Sun scald is more commonly seen on thin-barked trees and shrubs, or young, newly planted trees that have not yet developed the thick, deeply fissured bark that one might see on a mature tree like a very old maple.

Wounds that are harboring internal decay fungus can have many causes. Damage from sidewalk replacement projects certainly could be one such cause, but virtually any other physical injury experienced over the life of the tree could have been the catalyst.

The important issue is that now there is a tree that has a reduced and compromised root system, as well as an indeterminable amount of internal decay that cannot be treated. …

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