Tree survival odds with bark damage

Asked November 14, 2019, 10:39 PM EST

A dog scratched the bark off of half the circumference of a tree we own. The damage goes about 5 feet up the tree. Photo is attached. Do you think the tree will survive?

Wasco County Oregon

4 Responses

Thank you for your question. What species of tree is this? How long ago did your dog do this damage? It would be helpful to know how long the healing process has been going on, and whether you applied anything to the wound, to establish the progress (or lack of it) in its work to take care of the would and itself. Thanks!

It is a maple tree and the damage happened over the summer and fall. We haven't applied anything to the tree. The damage was done by a dog belonging to someone who was renting our duplex. He just moved out about a month ago so the damage is recent. I don't see any evidence of healing.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Sheila Dooley

You’re welcome, Sheila! Actually, the fact that you’re not seeing sap oozing means the tree is working to seal off the wound, which prevents insects and diseases from further threatening it. You are wise (or just lucky) that nothing as applied, and can read about why in this Extension article: Hope this is helpful! Good luck!