Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

jas4141(Zone 5)March 23, 2013

The bark on the main trunk of my perfect purple crabapple tree has been rubbed raw in several places by deer. What are the chances of it surviving? Should I wrap it with something or just leave it bare? Right now, I've added a couple of those white loose plastic guards found at many nurseries. Would appreciate any advice because I don't want to lose it.

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Impossible to tell if it will survive with info provided. Pix are needed. No need for wound paint or wrapping, but protecting against further damage is OK.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:37AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

need pix ...

it will heal itself.. presuming there is enough intact bark for water/nutrient transfers up and down the tree ... i cant recall the percentage off hand ...

but what might be OK out back.. you might not enjoy out the front door.. and that is always a variable that is important in regard to the impression you make out the front door ...

pix please .....


    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 4:47PM
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jas4141(Zone 5)

Tree damage photos.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Crabapple Tree Damage

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 2:03PM
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If fortune makes the weather nice for the next several years and no more deer damage, I'll guess it has a 47% chance of survival.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 3:25PM
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The danger comes when the bark is removed entirely from the trunk circumference or girdled. The removal of vertical strips is not much of a concern other than visual :-) You might want to think about gently crimping a length of chicken wire around the vulnerable trunks when the bucks are out rubbing their antlers. It works great as a protective barrier yet still allows the tree to breath and moisture not accumulate.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 3:28PM
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jas4141(Zone 5)

Thanks for the input. I'm optimistic. No sign of leaf buds yet which worries me some but may just be too early. Chicken wire a good idea, gardengal I added the white shields after the fact because I just noticed the damage a few weeks ago.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 7:22PM
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tom_nwnj(z6 NJ)

Dittos on the rusty old chicken wire (or heavier stuff). They won't come near it. Even if you just have the wire on one season, they may never come back.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 12:33AM
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