Asked February 5, 2017, 10:28 AM EST

Our HOA Landscape Committee is compiling a list of trees for removal this spring. We are debating over the removal of trees that have sunscald damage. We have many with varying degrees of severity.

Will the trees eventually recover? If the buds look healthy should we wait? Will this damage cause a structural weakness that might make them undetectably dangerous in the future?

Thank you for your advice.
Elizabeth Powell

Boulder County Colorado

1 Response

The injury causes stress to the tree and presents a good entryway for pests and disease, but, depending on the severity of the damage, trees do have the capability of healing and, if they heal, would not have a hidden structural defect.

On the trees with less severe damage, remove the damaged tissue back to healthy tissue If you can do it without further damaging healthy tissue.