dogwood tree

Asked October 17, 2015, 10:42 AM EDT

My dogwood tree needs help. It has lots of red berries now but the bark is pealing. The tree might be 25 years old I want to save it

Baltimore County Maryland dogwoods peeling bark trees

1 Response

You did not mention the type of dogwood. It is normal for the bark on Kousa, Chinese dogwood to exfoliate. Other reasons for bark peeling include drought, poor drainage, excessive mulch, wildlife damage, etc. See our publication on these types of problems http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG86%20Common%20Abio...

Dogwoods in general are subject to a lot of stresses and can be susceptible to insects (borers) and disease issues. See our dogwood publication http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG12_IPM_Series_Dogw... You can send us digital photos of the whole tree, around the base of the tree, and affected trunk area so we can see what you may be dealing with. mh