Hello! This tree was gifted to me a few years ago, and I don't know much about it except that it's some kind of a common Dracaena. It's always been really healthy, with lots of dark-green leaves. Seems like these trees usually come in groups of 3, but this one only has 2 trunks.
I've always kept it indoors, but the other day I was watering all my plants on the balcony, and I stupidly left the poor guy out there all day in direct, very bright sunlight.
Obviously nearly all of the leaves got scorched and browned.
This morning I began cutting off unsalvageable leaves and trimming the rest and noticed something else....
the lower trunk's bark is loose/separating, and a fairly large piece of it had detached. It doesn't seem to be rotting, and isn't soft or squishy. In fact it's just really dry and papery.
However, I realized it isn't a result of the sunburn.... it's been that way to some degree for a while now but
up until a piece came off, I hadn't really thought anything of it. The bark had a couple fissures and seemed a little papery, but didn't seem so loose and was all in one piece. Plus, the trunk/bark of the whole plant has a sort of cracky-texture in general, so I guess I thought it was just a blemish or some wear and tear?
I know these plants die from the root up, but I can see the fissures in the bark in a photo from over a year ago, and it's branch has continued to grow all the while, so I'm confused. Was the trunk just dying very slowly? is it dead now?
So anyway, I stopped pruning and came here for advice before I went any further.
I was considering cutting the healthy branches off the unhealthy trunk, rooting those, and removing that trunk.
The other trunk seems healthy, it's just going to end up nearly leafless after all the trimming from the sunburn, but I think that one should at least recover with some time....?
What do you guys think?
p.s sorry this is so lengthy, just wanted to give as much context as possible. I read posts on here fairly often and you all seem very helpful when provided with enough information! :-)
(I'm Including probably more photos than I need to for that same reason.)