Hi All, I have long stalked your beautiful JM pictures but this is my first time posting. I bought a huge Coral Bark a few months ago. It is nearly 10 feet tall with thick foliage and an amazing branching pattern, in particular it has a low V which I love. I looked at probably 100 Coral Barks before I picked this one (they are very common at nurseries here in Raleigh NC). This weekend I discovered, to my horror, that half of the bark around the trunk near the base is dead. This was covered up by dried bark, which is why I did not notice when I bought it. Not only is the trunk dead halfway around at the base, but a dead strip about 1 inch wide continues about 3 feet up the trunk. I have contacted the seller and they offered an exchange. Here's where I could use some advice. How severe do you think the dead area is to the health of the tree? I expect it will slowly rot and eventually cause the tree to fall over in a gust, but I don't really know. I love the look of the tree, but don't want to invest in future heartbreak.