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Apple tree bark peeling off

Posted by ltilton 5 (My Page) on
Sun, May 19, 13 at 13:03

Last year, I found an oldish apple tree dying because much of the bark was peeling off and rotted.

Today, I saw that a relatively young tree's bark is peeling off the rootstock. Not rotting at all, thin bark just peeling off the wood. The tree looks quite healthy so far, but I doubt if it can survive what seems to be the equivalent of girdling.

The two trees are next to each other. Is this a disease? Should I be concerned for the even younger trees? Are there bark-saving measures I can take?


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RE: Apple tree bark peeling off

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, May 19, 13 at 13:12

Is it peeling off down to the cambium? Is it on the southwest side of the tree? If so it's probably southwest injury caused by alternating freezes and heating in the sun.


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OK this is the old tree where the bark came off last year. I cut off about 2/3 of it, quite dead.


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Another shot of the old tree, more bark peeling.


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The young tree, facing north. This damage is all below the graft union.


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The east side of the young tree, with a piece of the peeled-off bark.


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Here is where I scratched the surface to see if there was live tissue beneath it. It looked green at first but turned red in less than a minute. I have no idea whatsoever if this means anything.


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, May 19, 13 at 14:49

The old tree is dead or headed in that direction. But the young tree just looks to be peeling the oldest, outer bark. That doesn't look serious to me.


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tree of apple , it have at least 50 years old , i think u can not srvive it ,

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I have two espalier apple trees that look exactly like that. I thought it was collar rot or some other disease. It looks very serious to me but, I hope you are right and this is normal.


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Hope you're right FN.

The older tree is certainly dying - all but 2 scaffolds died last year. But when I saw the tree next to it peeling bark so copiously, so much like the dying branches on the other tree, I began to worry.


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