maple tree - Knowledgebase Question

Lake In The Hills, Il
Question by rockerlund
October 28, 2009
our silver maple tree bark is falling off the tree...please tell me what to do to help the tree get throught the winter

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009


Some trees such as silver maple shed bark as a normal part of their growth and development. The bark of young silver maples is relatively smooth, but as the trees age they develop furrowed bark that separates into strips that curl on each end. These strips sometimes fall away in pieces. The amount of bark shed varies among individual trees, but it is a characteristic of the species. This is probably what you are observing and nothing needs to be done. The bark underlying the strips on a healthy silver maple is an orangish color which fades to gray. Hope this helps reassure you!

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