Nyssa sylvatica trunk splitting

Asked April 3, 2018, 4:44 PM EDT

Over the winter the bark of the trunk of this 3" cal. Tupelo split and exposed a large scar, and on the opposite side a more shallow scar about 10 inches long started to appear. There were no signs of this in the fall. There is some deer rubbing around the injured locations and woodpecker holes, but not sure what to make of the new wounds. Lutherville Timonium next to Pine Ridge Golf Course, full sun, good drainage, rest of the tree is budding normally. Should we be concerned?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

From your photos, this looks like old damage and pretty severe. Chances are the tree will have to be replaced at some point in time. You can wait to see what happens this season and then decide. If you do replace the tree you should protect the trunk from the deer using a tree guard or some type of wire fencing,