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Q.Black Cherry Tree Bark Peeling Off..

Zone Illinois (zone 5) | mrmarkyo added on February 2, 2013 | Answered

I have a lot of black cherry trees (Prunus serotina) on my property and some of the mature ones have bark that is peeling off in large strips about 12 feet up the tree. The peeling off is not near the ground at all. Why could this be happening? Is the tree dying off or diseased? Maybe this is a natural process? I’ve searched all over the internet about this but can’t find any answers. I’m hoping I can get some answers here. Thank you so much for your help!


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Answered on February 2, 2013

Cherry trees have a general life-span of 20-25 years. Young black cherry trees have smooth bark. As they mature, the bark starts peeling, although it doesn't peel in strips as you describe. If there is an arborist in your area, you could acquire his/her services.

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