Madrone Trees

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Asked by Anonymous on December 19, 2014
Ringed Madrone Tree

My horse has ringed a beautiful madrone tree. It is not ringed all the way around, but most of the way. He did it this morning, and I immediately wrapped the tree in damp sheets, then covered that in plastic. From my reading on bridge grafting, I’m not sure I can do this, as the bark on madrones is so thin. My plan is to keep the sheet damp by taking off the plastic and wetting the sheet down, then replacing the plastic.

Does it sound feasible that I can save the tree this way, or would you have a better idea? In another forum, someone mentioned spreading honey on the wound. Ever heard of this? The tree is probably 25 years old…he ringed about 75% of the base of the trunk.

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Your plan sounds plausible, and I have not heard of placing honey on the wound. It is generally not a good idea to cover the wounds with anything of this nature, as it can trap disease and honey could encourage pests.

For more information, these articles may help:

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Asked by Linda.outside2016 on April 15, 2016
Why Our Madrone Seems to Have Died

Although the Madrone is a slow growth tree, it was doing well for the 5 years since we had it planted. Then after a lot of rain in January, it started turning brown and the whole tree was brown and dried up. What could we have done to prevent this?

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It does sound as if the Madrone Tree died of root rot following heavy rain.
My research shows some other disease issues with Madrone Trees.
Here are some articles and links that may help you determine an exact cause and possible remedies should you choose to plant again.

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Asked by Steven Domonkos Sr on November 10, 2017
Animals and Madrone Tree


I am having a major battle with some kind of ghost-like animal in my backyard. Squirrels or birds are chewing off my large Madrone tree leaves and young-shoots, so much so, that there are bare branches on the tree and at times bushels full of leaves on the ground. As the attached page shows, to prevent anything to crawl up the tree, I wrapped a 40” wide 1/8” clear and slippery plastic around the trunk… but still, by each morning there are freshly cut leaves on the ground. At least I like to know if other people are having the same problem. And if there is a solution?

Leafless in Seattle.

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I will share with you my method of controlling pests in a non-toxic way. I grow in container myself, and squirrels are a particular problem with container gardening.

Go and get the hottests peppers available in your area, and slice them up. (You may want to wear gloves) Boil them in some water with a little garlic that is crushed up. After boiling for about 10 to 15 minutes, you can remove this from the heat and let cool. Put this in a spray bottle, and spray as much of the tree with as much of the liquid as possible. Watch your eyes, and wear protective glasses while spraying and mind the direction of the wind.

This mixture will completely deter most pests from even wanting to be on the tree at all.

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