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Q.Can Split Tree Trunks Be Repaired?

Zone Markham, Ontario | david.chan added on October 14, 2020 | Answered

I have a 8 years old Eastern Red Bud tree that has its main trunk split open. How do I repair it, or it is beyond help? If I cut off one side, will the remaining portion heal?

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Answered on October 14, 2020

These trees are susceptible to damage and disease as they age, and are to be considered short-lived trees. Unfortunately, repairing is going to prove difficult in a Redbud of this age. You can attempt to tie the branch back together, but it will likely not reattach. Removing the weaker side can help, but any damage to this species is likely to end up with infection.

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