The Q&A Archives: Pine Trees Bare On One Side

Question: I have two pine trees, one dwarf type, the other, a fir, about 15 feet. They are both bare on the northern exposed side. The southernly exposed side is full. Thus the appearance of halfed pine trees. They also had to compete for years with a norwegian maple approximately 20 feet to thier north side creating dense shade. This huge pesty maple was removed last year. Are these conditions the cause of this type of growth? Are they dying? Any chance of recovery?

Answer: Based on your description I would guess that the maple caused them to grow one sided, both in response to the lack of light and possibly also root competition. To some extent their chance of filling out will depend on the age of the trees, if they are older and larger already the chances are not very good. Most evergreens will not resprout from old wood or the trunk.

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