The Q&A Archives: Split Bark On Main Trunk Of Flowering Cherry Tree

Questioner's Location: Monroe, NY
Date: May 6, 2000

Question: On the main part of the trunk, the bark is split exposing the inner portion approximately 2 inches wide by 10 inches long. The tree is beginning to bloom and still looks healthy except for this area. We have had the tree for 6 years and it is about 10 feet tall. The trunk circumference is about 8 inches.

Answer: Unfortunately, cherry trees tend to be subject to a number of insect and disease problems, and any opening in the bark or trunk is an open invitation to problems. Based on your description, it is impossible to determine the cause of or the ramifications of this split, but to be honest it sounds as though it may be quite serious and potentially fatal. You might want to consult with a professionally trained arborist or with your county extension (344-1234) as to how to proceed and to verify that the tree is sound enough to remain standing.

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