tree bark splitting open white fungus

svtterminator(5 Chicago)July 17, 2014

Not sure what tree this is but it was planted in 2006 by the city I believe. We had an awful winter in Chicago so maybe this is just winter damage. Or I'm not sure if they planted it too deeply.

Please provide any guidance. Thanks.

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svtterminator(5 Chicago)

Tree seems to be growing fine

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:39PM
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svtterminator(5 Chicago)

Anyone?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:46AM
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corkball(4)

It COULD be sun scald. Is it on the SW side of tree only? If so, the tree should heal over after a couple of seasons, assuming it doesn't happen over and over.
There are things you can do for scald like tree wrap, but don't apply in the summer.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 6:12PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Remove the loose bark over the wound. Don't be over-aggressive and remove bark above living tissue (beyond the limits of the wound). The loose bark over the wound is serving no purpose and is holding moisture (increasing chance of rot) and possibly harboring pests.

Take a look at the wound at and below ground level. Does the wound extend below ground? I can't tell much from the picture, but it looks like a good possibility.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:14PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

The white fungus is growing on the dead part of the tree. Ignore it.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 1:42AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

where is the root flare???

ken

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:53AM
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lucky_p

That lesion looks to be at least a couple of years old... but you just noticed it? Don't think its' the result of the winter just past.
It's a maple of some type.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:21PM
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svtterminator(5 Chicago)

Yes corkball the damage is only in the sw side where it gets tons of sun

Thanks Brandon 7 I'll have to dig the dirt up to see.

Ken good point I'll dig to find the root flare.

Lucky_p yes I just noticed this year as I'm new to gardening and really didn't pay attention to trees till I began transforming the landscape. Now I'm learning as I go along. This site is amazing for picking up valuable information.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:14AM
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