Magnolia tree trunk bark - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by JCHEALY
October 27, 2009
The bark of my 5 year old magnolia tree is split from the ground up about 3 feet. What can I do to save the tree?

Answer from NGA
October 27, 2009
Bark splitting and sloughing can be a result of a number of environmental factors - winter frost or wind or sunscald. In some trees, it is a normal part of growing up. I wouldn't worry too much about it. A healthy tree will compartmentalize the damage and heal itself. Just continue to give your magnolia good care and I think it will be just fine.

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