monkey puzzle tree

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  1. oldjim

    oldjim Member

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    I have a monkey puzzle tree that is approx 25 to 30 years old and i would estimate approx 30' tall.I noticed the other day a split in the trunk from the ground up about 2'.
    The bark is approx 1" to 1 1/2" thick and the split is filling up with sap,on the opposite side of the trunk i see little patches of sap appearing,also i notice some of the branches 4 or 5' up from the ground are getting darker looking towards a brown color.
    Any idea what is happening here?Appreciate any help or suggestions,do not want to lose this beautifull tree.
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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Does the splitting go right down to the wood, or is it just in the bark? Can you post some photos?
     
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    I believe the split goes right down to the wood since it is 1" to 1 1/2" deep and 1" to 1 1/2" wide at the bottom.I will try and get a photo when the rains quit,the split is on a side that is very close to other plants and hard to see.
     

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