Bark cracking in Prunus x yedoensis ?Akebono? - Knowledgebase Question

Lynnwood, WA
Question by e_k_lee
March 21, 2006
i just plant a 7 feet tall Prunus x yedoensis ?Akebono? tree in my backyard two weeks ago. I notice some of the tree branchs are showing sign of bark splitting. Is there anything I can do to fix this. Thanks


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Answer from NGA
March 21, 2006

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It's not unusual for bark to crack and split on prunus. It's generally more pronounced on the southwest side of the tree where winter sun hits and expansion due to heating occurs. It won't hurt your tree and the cracked bark is one of the interesting characteristics of your 'Akebono'. There isn't anything you can do to repair the cracks - your tree will mend the splits on its own.

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