Cherry tree trunk

Asked September 18, 2019, 12:08 PM EDT

Is this trunk going to survive? Has the green water bag around it killed the tree? Thank you.... Kathleen

Howard County Maryland abiotic issues trees

1 Response

Good morning. A tree with this much damage to the trunk is likely going to have a section of dieback in the canopy and will not recover. The tissue that transports water and nutrients in a tree is located just underneath the outer bark and since a big portion of that has been stripped away, it is not going to thrive. This looks like it might have been some damage from a lawnmower rather than the tree bag. Also, it looks like the tree was planted too deeply, which can lead to decline over time. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/planted-too-deeply

Enjoy the tree while it lasts or consider replacing it with a healthy one. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers rebates for tree planting. Here is more information about the program. https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/MarylandersPlantTrees/Introduction.aspx

Christa