Sugar Maple Trunk Holes - Knowledgebase Question

West Chester, PA
Question by nancy_kenney
July 12, 2000
I have a sugar maple near the house which has several small holes on its trunk. Any ideas what could be causing this?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2000


There are many possible reasons for holes in a tree, ranging from a borer insect to decay at the site of a fallen branch to interior deterioration. In general, holes are not a positive sign and may be an indication of a more serious problem. They should be examined by a professionally trained and certified arborist, or possibly discussed with your county extension (696-3500). I do hope it is nothing serious.

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