tree trunk damage

Asked April 17, 2017, 9:06 PM EDT

Hello, There is damage to the trunk of a maple in our backyard that seems to go as deep as the sapwood in some places. We are new residents and I'm not sure of the source of the damage. There is some fungul growth and some evidence of insects/birds. Removal of one large branch (at the site of the damage) and other pruning are in the works. The homeowner is planning removal of the tree. I'm looking for ways to assess if the tree will likely survive, or if removal is an obviously good choice. Thank you very much for any help. Stacy

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

From the photos the tree looks to be in bad condition and is likely to be a hazard tree. Hazard trees can drop large branches at any time or fall over. Minnesota weather is also a consideration. Weather events are more typically severe due to climate change and this means compromised trees are likely to come down in storms. It should be checked for internal rot. It looks like the side of the tree with the dead limb is also dead.