Issues with trunk bark of sugar maple
Wondering if someone can help identify the problem(s) shown in these pictures of a mature sugar maple (I'm 99% sure). (I'd like to include more photos to show the variation of irregularities of the bark but only have the option to attach 3 using the submission form. Perhaps I can include more in a reply to your response.)
Marion County Indiana
It looks like a semi-healed old wound. Long cracks with dieback and subsequent healing can such an affect. It looks like it is on its way to recovery but the scars remain...
Long cracks and dieback like this can be caused by lightening, freezing + wind (its so cold that the tree cannot bend in the wind and so injury occurs) and other factors.