Vine Maple damage

Asked April 9, 2020, 2:41 PM EDT

This week, the landscape contractor damaged the little vine maple while he was pruning an adjacent tree. The sapling now tilts and the bark on the trunk (1 1/2 inch diameter) is severely scraped (4 inch long gash). I can right the sapling and re-stake it, but what can i do to repair the scrape? Do I need to seal it and with what?

Multnomah County Oregon

2 Responses

For repairing damage to the main stem of a sapling, remove any raged edges or bark that is peeled back.

We don't recommend wound sealant products since they are not proven to help.

Good luck.

Thank you. I followed your recommendations regarding the damage to the vine maple. I hope it thrives, for once I got the plant in the right place.