No bark on tree trunk

Asked May 26, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT

Hello! The tree in our front of our house has not had bark on its trunk since we moved in almost 4 years ago. The leaves have always appeared wilted, and its flowers don't bloom. The bark on the branches is always flaking. Is there something wrong with our tree?

Baltimore County Maryland native dogwood tree dogwood with no bark

2 Responses

The size of the trunk suggests that this dogwood is quite old. That, plus the lack of bark, means it is struggling.

Beneath bark is the cambium layer of the tree, where water and nutrients are transported. Your tree appears to have very little cambium left. There is no way to improve the trunk, and you may want to replace the tree since it does not flower or make a good appearance. You can replace with one of the new varieties of native dogwood, with powdery mildew resistance, which are very good. Scroll down this link for the names of some good varieties: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/powdery-mildew-trees-and-shrubs

Ellen

The size of the trunk suggests that this dogwood is quite old. That, plus the lack of bark, means it is struggling.

Beneath bark is the cambium layer of the tree, where water and nutrients are transported. Your tree appears to have very little cambium left. There is no way to improve the trunk, and you may want to replace the tree since it does not flower or make a good appearance. You can replace with one of the new varieties of native dogwood, with powdery mildew resistance, which are very good. Scroll down this link for the names of some good varieties: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/powdery-mildew-trees-and-shrubs

Ellen