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donaldp 07-19-2011 08:01 AM

Is tree infested, dieing? Can I save it?

About a year and a half ago my father accidentally backed into a tree at my property. A small piece of bark was chipped off but was told by a landscaper that, being a large tree, would repair itself and that I didn't need to do anything. Now, I am very concerned that something is horribly going wrong.

You can see in the picture the damaged spot, plus now the darkish brown color coming from the bark. It is almost "oozy", like there is juice,water,sap coming from the area. I am concerned that it is either infested, or the tree is just not healing itself.

What are your thoughts concerning this picture? First, can I save the tree? Second, what can I do to help it? I have a can of "tree sap" that is used to patch wounds but have waited to see what route to take.


oh'mike 07-19-2011 08:04 AM

Picture didn't post ---please try again.---also what kind of tree and what State or Provence do you live in.

donaldp 07-19-2011 08:09 AM

Thanks! It should be up now, let me know if it's still not up.

I'm pretty sure it's a Red Oak. North Carolina, Zone 7 (7a to be specific).

oh'mike 07-19-2011 08:22 AM

Picture is up--could you resize it--

We have three arborists here and a lot of good gardeners.

Someone will help,however they might be at work now,--Mike--

donaldp 07-19-2011 10:43 AM

After doing more research, I think I may have uncovered what is going on. I'm thinking this might be a case of "Slime Flux."

If there is anybody with experience with this condition, could you please comment? Specifically treatments? I've read to remove the wet bark, however I want to protect it from invasive insects. Should I "seal" the wound now with a tree sealer?

Or, do you think this could be something else entirely? The tree IS an oak and I am located in NC (which is apparently this is a big problem here).

NancyNGA 07-19-2011 10:48 AM

Well if you read through the article it says to leave it alone, it's a good thing. Very interesting, BTW.

Leah Frances 07-19-2011 11:58 AM

You can get free advice locally from two sources:

- your county's University Extension office

- get a large tree company to come give you a free estimate. Usually they'll and out certified arborists who can give you a good idea o how to proceed.

In general, tree cement/tar/sap isn't the best thing to do to tree. The tree has a wound and needs to heal. You wouldn't put 'tar' on a skinned knee? Would you?

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