We bought our house about 1 year ago and there is a medium sized maple tree in the front yard. When we bought the house, we had to have one branch of the tree pruned off because it had died over the winter. Now it is summer, another branch has died and now on the (approximate) southwest side of the tree, all of the bark from the base of the tree all the way up to the first branch (over 6 feet) is peeling off of the tree. It has separated from the tree by at least 3 inches if not more and is hanging by threads. There is new wood underneath with no sign of fungus at all. (Sorry, don't have a picture and we tied the bark to the tree to make it look better so I can't take a picture for you.) Do you have any idea of what could be causing this? If so, do you know if there is anything we can do to save the tree? Thanks for your help!
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There are several reasons that bark may be peeling from the tree, some more serious then others.
Here is a link that will give you an overview of the possible issues.