Cherry Trees

Bark Splitting

Anonymous added on April 24, 2012 | Answered

The bark on my Japanese cherry is splitting. I washed with soapy water but can't find any bark lying nearby.

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Answered on April 25, 2012

The weather could be the reason that the bark split. Cherry trees have thin bark and if temperatures have fluctuated significantly in a short period (such as 70 F to 90 F), the bark could have split due to this. It should heal on its own, especially if the wound is not weeping or splitting further. If the split is widening, you can try protective paper (sold at nurseries) to help hold it together while it heals. Do not cover the wound with tar or any other permanent substance as this can trap disease in the wound.

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