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annahallard
Feb 1, 2018 2:56 AM CST
Hello, i would like to ask you if its normal what i have on my magnolia trunk. This tree is about 30 years... not sure exactly. I moved in this house with a magnolia a year ago and saw an orange something just in root of a trank. here is a photo .
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 1, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Welcome!

I see 3 things:

A fissure where tissue from the two halves of your tree are bumping into each other

A lichen

Damage from some outside mechanical thing like being bumped by a lawn mower every week. That will eventually kill the tree.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 1, 2018 3:59 PM CST
Does the tree look healthy otherwise?
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Leftwood
Feb 1, 2018 4:26 PM CST
DaisyI said:I see 3 things:


I see the orange that annahallard asked about.....

It's a natural coloring that you don't need to worry about.

As for the stuff Daisy talked about: if you understood, great!
But I would never expect a novice gardener to understand anything she said. Don't be shy to ask.... Smiling
Belgium
annahallard
Feb 7, 2018 1:44 PM CST

Damage from some outside mechanical thing like being bumped by a lawn mower every week. That will eventually kill the tree. [/quote]

thank you for your answer ,
We never use any lawn mower arround this tree , so if it was done then it is 2 years ago with other owners of a house .
Will it still kill a tree ?


Belgium
annahallard
Feb 7, 2018 1:48 PM CST
porkpal said:Does the tree look healthy otherwise?


yes it looks healthy , just look of trunk was worrying me

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Feb 7, 2018 1:50 PM CST
I think it will be fine, since it will no longer suffer physical abuse.
Porkpal
Belgium
annahallard
Feb 7, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Thanks every one for the comments and advises !

about lawn mower : we never used it , so i believe it is a damage from a previous owner of a house , i hope my lovely magnolia will not die due to this past actions?
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Leftwood
Feb 7, 2018 6:42 PM CST
It is clear (to me, at least) that the lawn mower damage was many, many years ago. The wound that formed when bark was ripped off is already healed over. It shows a "barky" surface, that proves its age. If the wound was still open, the smooth inner wood would still be evident, which it is not.

But the original wound may have provided the opportunity for a wood rotting fungus to invade. At this point, there is no way to tell and nothing more you can do, except keep the tree healthy. I wouldn't worry about it. The very worst case scenario is that eventually, that fork of the tree would rot from the inside, and just break, and you would lose half the tree. If this happens, it will likely be 10-20 years down the road.

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