The Q&A Archives: weeping japanese cherry tree

Question: We planted this tree last summer and took real good care of it, watering it every day. but came deer rutting season a Buck rubbed his horns on the trunk and took off about 8 inches of bark all the way around. Is there anything I can do to save my poor tree.

Answer: The answer to your question really depends upon how large the damaged area is, and how deep it is. If only the bark is scraped off a small area, it should heal on its own without any intervention. If the bark and the dark layer beneath the bark (cambium) is removed from a large area, you might want to shield the wound from the sunshine until it begins to heal. To protect the damaged area, you can safely use a paper tree wrap. This product is available in rolls and looks a little like brown crepe paper. It expands as the bark expands and will eventually weather away if you forget to remove it at the end of a year. Hope this information is helpful!

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