Dogwood tree is peeling badly

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  1. Doug Smart

    Doug Smart Member

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    Hello
    I have a Flowering Dogwood tree that is approx. 20-23 years old. I do not know the exact variety, but I get white flowers in the spring & red berries in the fall. It has always been very healthy. This year I have noticed that I am starting to lose leaves & the bark is peeling vety bad. I have attached photos. We have had a very wet June. I don't know what to do. Please advise.
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    Doug
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Squirrels gnawing it?
     
  3. Doug Smart

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    No squirrels, I wish it was that easy.
     
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    Chooch Active Member 10 Years

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    I know cornus mas ; cornus kousa ; and cornus officinalis bark will peel as the trunk becomes larger so from what I see in your pics that is just a normal occurence as your tree ages .
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Hi It's not a Cornus Mas, they have yellow puff ball blooms. My Cornus Capitata ( yellow brackets) has split bark after our cold winter 08/09, the arborist says it's from the cold conditions.
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    Its hard to tell from those pics since they are a bit blurry and don't show much of the smaller diameter limb bark, but it conveys bark peeling in much the same way a paperbark maple might peel with age.

    If the larger stems are peeling the most, that maybe what is happening.
     
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