dogwood tree

Asked June 11, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT

While pruning a 25 y/o dogwood, I noticed two large branches (approx 2"+ in diameter)each have a portion of the bark either missing or lifted and peeling. Is there a way to treat this or must the branches be removed? Any help would be appreciated to save the tree. Thank you.

Lehigh County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs master gardener program dogwoods horticulture

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It is very difficult to answer without looking at the branches. Could you possibly respond with a picture? Also, what variety of dogwood? Thanks very much.

Sorry it took so long to get some tech support. One pic shows the damage of the bark peeled away from the wood of the branch. The other two are similar to the flowers the tree bears, more like the white shape but less pink than the other. Hope this information is helpful. If you can suggest what to do or with whom I should speak, I'd be very grateful. Joanne

I goofed up on sending the third picture. Try again!

I was unable to zoom in on any of the attached pictures but picture number two suggests a severe problem. One possibility is Botryosphaeria Canker and I've included a link that provides additional information for your review. I would recommend that you contact a certified arborist for an on site inspection of the tree.

http://extension.psu.edu/pests/plant-diseases/all-fact-sheets/botryosphaeria-canker

In addition, I've included a link that details common dogwood diseases that may be related to your problem.

http://extension.psu.edu/pests/plant-diseases/all-fact-sheets/dogwood-diseases

I hope you will be able to save the tree. Feel free to respond with additional questions or comments.