bark to separate on our dogwood tree? #177769 - Ask Extension


bark to separate on our dogwood tree? #177769

Asked April 28, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

What is making the bark on our dogwood tree to separate?  We have also noticed big blank ants on it.  It has beautiful flowers on it and looks good over all.  Please help.

Newton County Missouri

Expert Response

Without a picture it is hard to say, but it could be winter damage or what we call Southwest Injury. This can cause the trunk to split or crack open and then the bark will peel away from that area. If you can attach photos here, try it and I will take a look. If not, you could take digital photos of the tree and take them into your county extension office or email them to the office and they can have the horticulture specialist that serves your county look at them.The big, black ants are usually of no concern. They typically do not do any damage to a plant. Some plant's flower produce a sweet nectar that the ants like, so that's why you often see ants on flowering plants.
Jennifer Schutter Replied April 30, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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