Deer damage to Japanese tree lilac

Asked May 25, 2019, 10:30 AM EDT

Last fall I didn’t get the protective wrap on my new tree lilac in time and a deer scraped some of the bark off the trunk (see attached photo). Most of the damaged section is scraped all the way down to bare light colored wood, but a small section shows some remaining bark. Is this tree a lost cause or might it pull through? Is there anything I can do to help it recover if recovery is possible?

Hennepin County Minnesota deer damage

1 Response

If the deer only scraped off 1 side or less than half way round the trunk it should survive. Giving it an inch of water per week either from the hose or rain will help it get stronger. Mulching under the tree to conserve moisture will also help.