Is my tree dying?

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I've been watching it waiting for leaves to appear from the buds and just noticed that one branch has leaves. I think it's an acer? I'm not sure whether the leaves should be that thin or whether it's another sign of an unhealthy tree. There's some lichen on it, and I spotted some aphids around the leaves - I've seen conflicting advice on whether to deal with these.

I'd like to keep it, but I'm not sure how to go about saving it?

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  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    Looking at the huge gash on lower trunk it looks like it has nearly been "ring barked". I would say it's a very sick tree


    Is there bark on other side of gash or does it circle the trunk? In which case look out for a replacement.

    Do you know what damaged the bark so it does not happen again?
  • DD265DD265 Forumite
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    Farway wrote: »
    Looking at the huge gash on lower trunk it looks like it has nearly been "ring barked". I would say it's a very sick tree


    Is there bark on other side of gash or does it circle the trunk? In which case look out for a replacement.

    Do you know what damaged the bark so it does not happen again?

    It doesn't go all the way around, photos below. I'm not sure what damaged it - we only bought the house a few months ago, and viewed it over winter when I don't remember there being any leaves on the tree.

    Just doing a google of ring barking, and I'm going to guess machinery as a cause. It doesn't bode well though :(

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  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    DD265 wrote: »
    It doesn't go all the way around, photos below. I'm not sure what damaged it - we only bought the house a few months ago, and viewed it over winter when I don't remember there being any leaves on the tree.

    Just doing a google of ring barking, and I'm going to guess machinery as a cause. It doesn't bode well though :(

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  • DD265DD265 Forumite
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    Weird, I can see them so might be a permissions thing. Will pop them on a hosting site..

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    Looks like historic frost and physical strimmer damage to me. Ugly.


    It will never be a decent tree now. Remedy: chain saw. Sorry!
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