Larch Trees

Larch Tree Loosing Bark

Zone 99216 | John Mac added on November 24, 2019 | Answered

My 20 year old larch tree appears healthy. Every year, in the spring, it greens up and adds several feet to its height. Every fall the needles turn yellow and fall off. It has been shedding its bark for the last several years and is showing a thinner red colored bark where the gray bark has shed. We have lots of this tree in our area and I have not seen any of the forest trees with this same condition. Is this normal for a tree living in an suburban environment? Tree is about 60' tall and 16" across at the base.

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Answered on November 25, 2019

Hm. This is not typical. It could indicate a few different issues. Fungal issues, or sunscald are most common. Usually, it is not fatal, and the tree will live with it just fine.

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