Pink dogwood tree losing its bark #736028 - Ask Extension


Pink dogwood tree losing its bark #736028

Asked January 02, 2021, 12:22 PM EST

My pink dogwood tree is
losing its bark and I want to know why and if I can save it. I have a picture of it and would to know what you think. 

Lebanon County Pennsylvania

Expert Response

How did the tree look last year? Dogwoods in full sun usually don't last as long as they would in a natural setting. They do best in partial shade/filtered sunlight, such as in a forest under larger trees. Stressed dogwoods are susceptible to the dogwood borer.

Sometimes, bark can fall off if they are active, though I am not sure they are the problem.

Tim Abbey Replied January 04, 2021, 9:22 AM EST
My tree does get sun in the afternoon and is the only tree in my backyard.  Honestly I dont remember seeing this much bark missing before. We do have a bird feeder in this tree and squirrels are always in it so not sure if they are removing the bark. This tree was hit by a big branch from my neighbors tree during an ice storm about 5 years ago and took out the branches from the one side. The trunk of the tree was intact and not affected.  The neighbor cut their tree down after that happened.  I have lived at this property for 13 years now and the tree was there when I brought the house. 
The Question Asker Replied January 04, 2021, 10:21 AM EST
Can you send me a picture showing the entire tree and one showing the base of the tree?
Tim Abbey Replied January 04, 2021, 10:24 AM EST
I'm at work now but will take a picture of it tomorrow and send it. Thanks for your quick response 
The Question Asker Replied January 04, 2021, 10:36 AM EST
Following up on the additional pictures.
Tim Abbey Replied January 12, 2021, 7:12 AM EST

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