Redbud bark - Knowledgebase Question

Norman, Ok
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Question by oklasum
May 8, 2010
The bark on my redbud tree is coming off. No bugs that I can see. How do I treat it and what should I use?

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010
Shedding bark on some trees is a completely normal development. The bark of most young trees is smooth and thin. As the tree grows, the bark layer thickens with the outermost tissue eventually dying. Continued growth pushes the bark outward, causing the outer layers to crack. On some trees, the outer dead layers peel and drop off, revealing the inner layers of bark. Shedding or peeling bark is characteristic of trees such as the sycamore, redbud, silver maple, shagbark hickory, birch, and Scotch pine. As long as your redbud looks otherwise healthy and happy, the bark shedding is normal and natural.

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