Weird tree bark

Asked June 8, 2017, 9:10 PM EDT

Hello, We've got an October Morning Glory that was transplanted to our house 3 years ago and has done well so far. It's about 15-20 feet tall, but i just recently noticed this weird bark area on the side where it almost looks as if it burst open and then it looks like under the bark there is some strange snaking / twisting thing (is it part of the tree or something foreign ?). Any idea on what this is and how bad it is? Also what to do? Thanks

Hardin County Kentucky

1 Response

That looks like a frost crack that is starting to heal over. The "snakey thing" is the callus roll that the tree makes to close the wound. I would leave it alone and let it do it's thing.

There also may be some damage from the mulch being right next to the bark of the tree at the base. Pull the bark back at least 2" from the trunk to keep rodents from chewing the bark.