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  1. #1
    billjoyskylar
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    October Glory Maple Problems

    I am really hoping someone has seen this before and can help me. I am really worried this is bad news for my tree. This October Glory Maple tree is only 2 years old. It recently developed really ugly looking openings on the North side of the tree. There are no problems on the other sides of the tree. The tree canopy/leaves do not appear to have any damage at this time. I have searched all over the internet looking for identification of the problem with no success. Can someone help me?
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  2. #2
    Oak
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    Western NY, Zone 6
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    RE: October Glory Maple Problems

    The crack could be a result of sunscald (happens quite often on Maples) or minor damage from a lawn trimmer or something else that might have scuffed the tree. I wouldn't worry about it, it will heal on its own. You can invest in the white mesh trunk wrap and wrap the first 3-4' of the trunk before Winter hits, after all the foliage has dropped off during late Fall, leave the trunk wrapped until the following Spring. This will protect the bark from sunscald in the future.

    One other problem - I don't see any root flare on that tree, that's a sign that it could be planted too deeply. Tree trunks need to flare out on the bottom, when they look like telephone poles planted into soil, that is usually problematic for tree development and growth. Maples are notorious for root circling/gridling if they are transplanted from a container then planted too deeply. The tree might be fine for a few years, but it'll decline rapidly if it is choked off by a circling root. Pull the gravel at least 4-5" away from the trunk, gravel up against the tree trunk will reduce airflow and water evaporation which can lead to rot issues. You may want to use a garden hose and spray around the base of the tree, after you have cleared the gravel from around the trunk, and check to see if there are any roots up at the surface circling around the trunk, pressing up against it or growing in a manner that could interfere with trunk expansion in the future. Do a Google search on "root flare exposure" to learn more about it.

    Here is what I'm talking about:

    Tree planted too deeply:


    What can happen if a tree is planted too deeply:


    Proper root flare:

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