Split In Dogwood Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Hollis, NH
Question by Bower7
April 17, 2001
Due to the heavy snowfall my dogwood has split in the center. It is a older tree approx 20-25 years old and I would really like to save it...Dogwood trees are really hard to grow around here and this one is gorgeous. I suspect that this split is not completely new, the wood looks partially healed, but the HEAVY snowfall this year has made the split larger. Pruning is not an option because I would lose the center half of the tree. Can I place wire (or something) around it to support it? What are my options?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2001


Sadly, dogwoods are not usually terribly long lived trees, so it may be that this one is old and weak and beyone repairing itself. A split in the center is usually not reparable, especially if it is old damage. Such damage can make the tree unsound and put it at high risk for falling over or breaking apart. The best bet would be to consult on site with an arborist who has professional training and specializes in ornamental tree care and see if they think it could be encouraged to heal or if cabling or some other support would be a viable option. I am sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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