Can this Japanese Maple be saved? Hit by large branches from ice storm. Snow...

Asked March 23, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

Can this Japanese Maple be saved? Hit by large branches from ice storm. Snow just melted enough to get close. Tree is about 10 feet tall, in that spot about 8 years. Just staring to bud. Any suggestions much appreciated. This picture + 2 more. Can't upload more than 1 at a time.

Carroll County Maryland trees and shrubs japanese maples split trunk snow damage

1 Response

It is quite possible to salvage a tree that has suffered a split such as your maple tree, but it must be done soon after the damage occurs. It would be appropriate for you to have someone hold the tree in its original position while you drill a hole through both trunks and insert a bolt to secure it in that position. You should tie the trunks together temporarily until the wound has 'healed'. This procedure is problematic, of course, but it has been done successfully.
LS