Ask a Consulting Arborist Q&A: Bark and Trunk Concerns

Q: Is it normal for a seemingly healthy silk oak to shed its bark?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016  

Q: We have three mature silk oak trees in our yard--very beautiful. Lately, I've noticed that they're shedding their bark, even at the base (trunk). Aside from this, they seem healthy. Is this something we should be concerned about? We live in Florida.

A: Silk oak is a species of tree that naturally sheds old layers of bark as it grows older and larger in diameter. As long as you see bark under where the pieced are shedding off, the tree is still healthy and growing fine. If you see dieback, browning of foliage, and/or branches that are dead in sections of the canopy that do not look natural for tree, then you should be concerned and have an arborist or forester inspect your tree. Thanks for asking about your tree.

Responder: John Harris, RCA #468, Hollywood, FL