Maple Trees

Maple Tree Is Losing Bark

Zone 5b | Deensee added on October 24, 2012 | Answered

My old Maple tree is losing its bark! I have noticed this happening in the last few years. The tree is quite old--we have lived here for 35 years. The branches are full of leaves, they were green in the spring and summer have turned to yellow and orange with the fall. I am very frightened for this tree. Is there anything I can do? Should I be concerned?

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Answered on October 25, 2012

Some varieties of maple do have "peeling" barks and are grown for this feature. It is a feature that often takes years to develop, which would explain the recent development in past years. As long as it looks healthy and you do not see any signs of fungus or mold (it will look like a powdery substance) you should not have to worry about the tree.

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