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Q.Split Jap. Silkleaf Maple Tree From Blizzard

lotito11 added on January 1, 2011 | Answered

I have a grafted silkleaf maple tree that is 4 years old and was doing great then we got hit with a blizzard that dropped 4 ft. of snow on top splitting all the main branches away from the tree but still attached. Tree is dormed and has dropped all folage for winter

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Answered on January 1, 2011

Bolting a split like that is the common solution for this.

This article, in the section on split forks, will have steps for using a bolt to repair the split:

But, that being said, it does not always work. You may want to bring in a tree specialist to look at it to help increase you chance of success.

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