Tree top loss - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by H2OFettish
February 26, 2010
We had a REALLY BAD ice storm here in the Blue Ridge, NC and I lost a lot of limbs as well as a lot of

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2010


The trees you list all have central leaders but if the top is damaged the next healthy branch will usually become the new central leader. All by itself it will begin to grow upwards and take the place of the original top of the tree. This process can take many years and the trunk will always have a crook in it where the old central leader once was. But the tree should continue to grow and remain healthy. It's too bad you lost so many tree tops, but it happens all the time in the forest and the trees just make do with what they have. Don't cut them down unless they begin to decline. Good luck with your trees!

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