MY Eastern Redbud is losing its bark. Is this due to the weather? Will I lose...

Asked January 28, 2014, 1:49 PM EST

MY Eastern Redbud is losing its bark. Is this due to the weather? Will I lose this tree? Please advise

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Redbud bark can crack and slough off because of the weather extremes we've experienced lately. Here is some further information: http://plantdiagnostics.umd.edu/level3.cfm If you are only seeing one or two thin vertical cracks, the tree should be able to deal with it,

However, if the bark is falling off, it's also possible that the redbud has a fungal disease in its wood known as Botryosphaeria, which causes cankers and cracks. Bark could fall off later, meaning the disease has been active for a while already. If this is occurring on branches, they should be pruned off. If there are cankers on the main trunk, there is no way to cure it.

You might want to send us digital photos so we can get a better idea after looking at the damage.

ECN