Diseased evergreen?

Asked April 27, 2018, 3:45 PM EDT

My neighbor has an old and scraggly looking evergreen. It is on our fence line so I notice it. The other day I looked at it and, in addition to it's thinning and dead-looking branches, has a vertical scar on the trunk that I don't remember seeing. I am wondering if this is a sign that the tree is diseased or bug infested and is in danger of falling over...potentially on my house. I have attached a couple of photos. Thanks! Jim Tade

Hennepin County Minnesota evergreens diagnosis of plant problems horticulture

3 Responses

The poor tree has been severely limbed up, it is probably being shaded out on one side and it has a large frost crack. An arborist would need to diagnose the likely hood of it falling down or failing in a strong wind. The metro has had more severe wind events in the last decade so it is something to consider. I am sorry I cannot give you a yes or no answer from a photo.

Thanks Evelyn. Yes, I don’t know why they trimmed the tree that way. This tree has had limbs slowly dying over the years so I guess it won’t be long for this world.

The poor tree does not have enough needles to make the food it needs to survive.