Maple tree with several problems

Asked December 3, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

I have a maple tree (exact species unknown) in my back yard. The bark is falling off, there are insect holes inside, and the leaves margins are dark brown. I think one half of the tree is worse than the other, and the tree even leafs out at different times in the spring. Can it be saved or should I cut my losses (sorry for the pun)? The tree is probably 17 years old and has not looked well for a couple of years.

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