The Q&A Archives: Trunk Constriction

Question: I bought a beautiful weeping cherry tree 2 years ago. I steadied it last year with a kit that had three cords attached to the trunk with a fabric tape. The tree is about 5-6 feet tall and this year it didn't have the beautiful blossoms of the previous year...just a few and they only lasted a day or so. Not all of the leaves came out and many withered. I thought the tree was sick. Then, to my horror, I noticed that the fabric tape was embedded in the trunk. The tree trunk had grown consideraby in girth to about 2 inches above and below the tape. At the level of the tape though, the trunk was choked down to 1 inch diameter. I pulled the tape out and the underlying trunk was not macerated.

Now, is there any hope for my tree?

It has a narrow constriction where the fabric tape (1/2 inch wide) was. I gave the tree extra water and fed it transplant food.
Do you think it can survive? Any suggestions?


Answer: You have learned the hard way about the need to check ties and wraps often because the trees do grow. Your tree may survive and seem to grow out of the problem, but the damage may return to haunt it as an internal weakness years from now. I'm really sorry.

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