I have a very beautiful maple in my backyard. It's been flourishing nicely for the past 6 years, but suddenly a limb fell off and during the course of the summer, some of the branches went into an early fall, with the leaves changing colors and falling off. Now that fall has arrived, we have had strong showers and there are a lot of mushrooms growing on the bark, in addition to the bark shedding. Can I save the tree?
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It sounds like an infection of some kind got into the wound when the branch fell. The tree may have rot inside, which would explain the bark and leaves. Without being there, we would not be able to help you diagnose the tree properly and recommend a course of action. We would recommend that you bring in an arborist or other tree specialist to look at your tree and give advice.