Small Oak tree trunk gnawed and now scarred.

arkansas_girl(5A)August 21, 2014

Shorty after I planted a small oak tree, the trunk was probably no bigger around than a quarter at the time, well some animal came along and gnawed on the trunk/bark of it. Fast forward a couple years now and the gnaw spot is now a gaping scar and the inside of the trunk is exposed about an inch wide and a few inches long. I'm going to assume this tree is history and I need to try again with a new tree. I just wanted to get conformation on my suspicions before I dig it up and replant. Is there no hope for it? It's in a very crucial spot too that I really need a tree and wouldn't you know it, all the other trees I planted are just fine and the animals didn't bother those.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

need a pic.. for an opinion ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 5:09PM
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needinfo001

Is the tree dead or still alive?
If it is still alive leave it be.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:50PM
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renais1

If the tree is alive and doing well I wouldn't do anything. That does not sound like much of a scar, and the tree will likely just grow over it as time goes on.
Renais

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:54PM
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arkansas_girl(5A)

I'm not sure if it's "not much of a scar" considering that the entire trunk is only about 2 inches in diameter. Remember I said the tree has only been planted for a couple of years so it's not very large at all. In the last month I've noticed a yellowing of the leaves, more yellow than it's neighbor that wasn't gnawed on and has no scar. :(

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 4:45PM
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lucky_p

Not necessarily a goner. A photo might be helpful.
Wife backed a trailer into a 15-yr old bur oak in the yard here, 3 yrs ago. Knocked a 1-ft square(mostly) chunk of bark off. I replaced the loose bark and wrapped with parafilm(I have an 18" wide roll) duct tape & aluminum foil. The displaced bark did not 're-seat', but the tree has done an admirable job of closing over that defect - not quite there, but another year, and I think it'll be sealed over by callus tissue rolling in from the edges.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:28AM
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arkansas_girl(5A)

I'll try and get a photo and put it in here, what's really bothering me now is the yellowing of the leaves. I can't help but think that it has to do with the big open spot on the tiny little trunk. The trunk is only a couple inches in diameter and the opening is about an inch...ugh!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:15AM
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