I purchased this Scolopendrifolium from Conifer Kingdom (mail order) last year, and it's leafed out wonderfully this year except for a few parts of the main lower branch. I pruned those dead branches away, but I noticed that branch also has a crack in it-- it looks as though it's healing, but upon closer inspection it appears Conifer Kingdom left a piece of plant tie tape on the tree and it's grown into the main joint between trunk and lower branch. It's really in there. If you look at the photos you'll see what I mean. What would you do? Trim it (that would be quite a big wound), leave it alone, try to return it?