Lightning damage

Asked June 22, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

Good morning. I have a very large pine tree in my back yard that was recently struck by lightning. The bark was damaged. There is a section about 10 feet by 8 inches that has lost the bark. Other tan that the tree is in tact. Will this damage kill the tree or is there any thinig we can do to prevent further damage or to save the tree? Please let me know by email or call 724-968-8716, thanks!

Armstrong County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hi:
Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do. Lightning strikes usually end up killing the tree. I would monitor the tree to see how much dieback happens during this summer and next spring. If it has the potential to hit something as it becomes structurally unsound, then I would recommend having it taken down.