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Wyandotte, Michigan
Michelewaske
Jun 1, 2017 5:02 PM CST
This spring only half of my 35 year old Rose of Sharon grew leaf's. Upon closer inspection I see at the base of two of the tree "trunks" the bark appears shredded.

At first I thought possibly an animal was scratching the bark, but the shredding is at the base and up about 10 inches. I could not find anything on the internet that looks like my tree trunk.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jun 1, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Do you have pictures?
Wyandotte, Michigan
Michelewaske
Jun 1, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Yes, you might have to rotate.

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jun 1, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Wow. I'd say something is chewing but I don't know what kind of critters you might have.
Wyandotte, Michigan
Michelewaske
Jun 1, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Like a bug/ insect? I pulled on the shredded bark that's why it is so messy. Before I touched it , it was literally like fringe just hanging there.
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ctcarol
Jun 1, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Sounds more like a rodent or rabbit chewed it.
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DaisyI
Jun 2, 2017 12:46 AM CST
My cat used to make my plants look like that, sharpening his little claws.
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Wyandotte, Michigan
Michelewaske
Jun 2, 2017 6:58 AM CST
My neighbor's cat is always in my flowerbed. I thought at first it was a cat scraching the bark. Another neighbor thought a cat would scrach higher up on the bark, this shredding is a ground level and up.

If a critter (bunny or a rodent) was chewing my, thought would be there would not be any fringe/shredding left.

There is a variety of foliage in my flower garden for any critter to enjoy, there are also several trees in the area if they were hungry for bark.
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Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Jun 2, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Hi Michelewaske!
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I would say if your neighbors cat is always in your garden, then there are rodent/rodents in your garden. I always have neighbors cats in my garden. I know they are there because of rodents.
I had a grouping of three roses fairly close with lots more within 10 ft.. Lots of better tasting plants. It picked and chewed the canes with the graft on only one rose. Rodents are wild animals and alot of what they do we can never make sense of. But how they know to pick the one thing that irritates us. Shrug!
Back to my guess is a rodent of some type, I agree with Carol.

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stone
Jun 2, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Who mows the turf?
Looks like string trimmer damage.
Wyandotte, Michigan
Michelewaske
Jun 2, 2017 3:45 PM CST
My neighbor's cat uses my garden as her litterbox. I've seen bunnies in the neighborhood and squirrels do climb the rose of sharon.

I cut the lawn, the rose of sharon is surrounded by flowers, no weed wacking in the flower garden.

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