Crab Apple Tree - Bark Pailing Away

Old 05-19-01, 07:53 PM
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We have a Crab Apple tree and it appears that some of the bark is falling off - almost like the tree is rotting away. Many places the bark is pailing off and cracking. Is this what they refer to as Cankers? What can I do about it? Please help, the tree looked fabulous this spring and we really don't want to lose it.

Old 05-20-01, 11:33 AM
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Peeling bark on crab apple tree

Crab applies have thin bark that tends to be broken into scales. In older trees, say 12-15 years old, it is normal to see exfoliation of the bark on older parts of the tree. This is most obvious after a rainy period that follows a prolonged dry period. Make sure you protect the health of your tree with a regular insecticidal and fungicidal spraying program.

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