We’ve had a hot, dry summer and I’m sure that’s been a challenge for the tree. My maple also has to fight off insects and the damage I cause by cutting off branches that hang so low they threaten to whack visitors in the head as they walk up our sidewalk to the front door. Sorry, tree.
The tree also seems to suffer another kind of damage, and unfortunately, I can’t explain what is causing it. I’ve been studying this “tear” in the maple’s bark for a while now, and I’m at a loss.
At first, I wondered about a lightning strike, but then I discovered to other tears farther up the tree. It seems impossible that the tree would be struck three separate times. I know lightning can strike tall objects multiple times, but the location of the damage makes me think that a lightning bolt probably isn’t the culprit.
So I have no idea what's to blame or if the damage is harmful to the tree. My neighbor thinks maybe that’s just how Norway maples grow, but I'm not convinced of that. After all, the tear allows insects to infiltrate the bark much more easily. That’s never a good thing.
If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.