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sugar maple root girdle?

Posted by tenacre none (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 11, 14 at 23:23

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Sugar Maple. 36" girth just above root flare. 32" girth 36" above ground.

See picture. Is this going to cause trouble for the tree?

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Here's what it looked like in Oct of 2011, but I didn't know root girdling back then:


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Relax, it's NBD. Your tree will be fine =)


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RE: sugar maple root girdle?

Not a problem in my world. Not sure I'd even really call that a girdling root.

Regardless, someday way in the very distant future, the tree will get old and die. I doubt very much that root will have played any part.

My advice would be not to try hacking/chipping/cutting or somehow trying to remove it. It's a big, established tree. Let it be.

As they say in med school: first do no harm........


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RE: sugar maple root girdle?

It's a little "diverted", but doesn't encircle the trunk. It's in no danger of girdling the trunk.


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  • Posted by beng z6 western MD (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 8:18

Average mature sugar maples often look worse than that -- including mine. There is often a "matte" of overlying/underlying roots extending out.

It's no issue.


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Here's a view of the SW side of the trunk of the tree.

Notice the sunscald scar, over 3 feet long.

I lovingly nursed this tree for 8 years after it split open, to keep fungus, bacteria, and insects out of the injury. It is now completely healed.


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  • Posted by beng z6 western MD (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 10:18

Good job. Sugar maple wood is durable and it can usually seal over wounds quite well. Red, silver or Norway maples, not so well.


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