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South Island B.C.
Jan 20, 2021 4:25 PM CST
Hi I have a Magnolia with crossing branches and cracks in the bark should I remove the branches or leave them alone?. Thanks. Gary.

Name: Luis
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
Jan 20, 2021 4:55 PM CST
Branches that are crossing with other branches are good candidates to cut. What caused the cracks in the bark? Sometimes they get some cracks in the winter but "survive" them and become history. If unsure, I would contact a reliable tree care person to see what may have caused the problem and how best to "help" the tree. FYI - during winter, consider watering deeply before temperatures crash below freezing from warm highs.
South Island B.C.
Jan 21, 2021 12:23 PM CST
Not sure what is causing the cracks in the trunk , the tree was hidden by some juniper shrubs and once pruned is when we noticed them. I will remove some of the crossing branches and leave the cracked one for now I see what happens. Thanks for your advice.

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