Industry News: Bark and Trunk Concerns

Q: Bark is pulling away from my large poplar tree. Should I be worried about the tree falling down?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015  

Q: Bark is pulling away from my large poplar tree. Should I be worried about the tree falling down?

A: The poplar tree you say is over 15 feet in circumference sounds as if it might be a tree also referred to as cottonwood. This tree can get quite large, and loose bark is not a normal condition. Cottonwood trees like lots of moisture, and when full of water, this tall tree is a lightning magnet. If you know it has been struck by lightning, or you see a long vertical crack anywhere on the trunk to suggest a lightning strike, that would signal a potential source of your present health issues. If the tree is stressed or in poor health, it attracts insects. Woodpeckers are attracted to the insects, and all of a sudden you have three contributing factors to poor health. If the tree is within striking distance of a structure or a travel way such as a path, sidewalk or driveway, it should be inspected by a Certified Arborist. Advice for removal should be taken seriously for safety's sake. Good luck.

Responder: David Jahn, RCA #340, Aurora, CO