The Q&A Archives: Burgundy Lace Maple

Question: Sirs,
For some reason, The bark on my tree has places oblong, up and down, that the bark is gone. What is causing that? What can I do about that?
Thanking you for your answer,
Nancy K. Apple

Answer: Maple trees often have what is considered interesting bark scars and discolorations. I suspect that the trunk is showing a normal variation in bark color and is nothing to worry about. Sometimes the smallest nick becomes a scar which in subsequent years becomes calloused over and adds even more interest to the trunk. As long as you know the bark has not been actually peeled back (by humans or animals) then it's safe to assume the scarring is normal for your tree.

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