Split Tree Limb From Snow Damage - Knowledgebase Question

Glenolden, PA
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Question by jennym75
March 10, 2000
Two foot tall Dwarf Jap. Maple tree has a limb starting to split from main trunk due to snow drift almost covering it, and the melting and refreezing of the snow, can the limb be saved, and what do I do to keep it from splitting more?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2000
Sometimes this type of damage can be repaired by what is essentially grafting the broken stem back onto itself, but this is a bit tricky for the average gardener. The alternative would be to prune it off making a clean cut that will heal better and faster than a jagged broken edge. You might wish to consult with a professionally trained arborist specializing in ornamental trees on site about the best approach to take. I'm sorry about your tree!

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