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Jun 5, 2020 10:01 AM CST
castro valley (california)
Hello all, I have a maple tree on my property. Its been there since before i bought the house. This is a thriving maple tree that has to be trimmed and pruned every year, but a few very large branches seem to be dying. I will attach pictures. below. Is there any way to save this? can i cut out a bit of the dead trunk and apply some kind of cement, or adhesive?

Also, a neighbor told me that when a tree splits like this, theres a risk or termites invading. Is this true at all?

thank you.
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Jun 5, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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It has sunscald damage and will most likely have problems. There's not anything you can put on it to save it. As long as it's green, you won't have to worry about termites invading the wood. It won't hurt anything to leave it alone and see what it does. However if it gets a lot of dead wood you may want to remove it.
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Jun 5, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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The damage is old. The tree is working on healing itself. Those thick rolls on the edge of the bare spots is new bark growing to cover the damage. Don't do anything.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:58 AM CST
central ohio (Zone 5b)
I think the neighbor is right that exposed wood can host termites?

That is pretty severe damage, and I am surprised the tree is still growing well. That's maples for you.

Is there anything the branches would damage if they fell on? Once the interior is exposed it can begin to rot and will be less structurally strong than an intact branch.

Removing the damaged branches may allow the tree to make a clean seal over the wound faster. I think sealants and cements are no longer recommended since they inhibit the natural healing.
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