Is this tree’s health recoverable?
We are wondering if this little tree is ever going to rebound and be healthy. We recently trimmed off many completely dead/bare branches, but left one so you can see in one of the photos. As you can see the trunk appears to be unwell?, which runs at least 2/3rds up the tree. Can we help the tree in some way, or is it doomed due to disease? Thank you for your expert advice!
Washington County Oregon
I'm afraid your poor tree will not recover. The damage on the trunk appears too severe. However, per information from Morton Arboretum if less than 25% of bark around the tree is undamaged there is a chance it will recover if the cause is mechanical damage rather than disease. I refer you to this article from the Arboretum "Trunk wounds and decay" https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/trunk-wounds-and-deca...