The bark is falling off my tree. Why is this happening?

There are many reasons why the bark could be falling off of your tree. Serious issues include insect infestations and tree diseases. Natural occurrences are no cause for alarm, however.

What tree diseases cause bark to fall off trees?

  • Fireblight: Infecting pome fruit trees, this lethal bacteria inflicts serious destruction upon the invaded tree. The advanced stages of disease progression cause the tree to manifest blackened, brittle bark that peels off the tree. There is no cure for fireblight; therefore, do not delay in contacting an experienced tree company when your tree’s bark is dark and peeling.
  • Dutch Elm Disease: Targeting all elm varieties, DED is spreading quickly throughout Fort Worth. This destructive pathogen can cause the death of the tree in less than eight weeks. Advanced symptoms of DED include premature defoliation, dead branches and brittle, peeling bark. Call an arborist that treats sick trees promptly if your elm tree’s bark is brittle and falling off.
  • Hypoxylon Canker:Oak trees that are weak and have been subjected to wounding are being devastated by this fungal pathogen. Hypoxylon canker is prevalent throughout Fort Worth and the north Texas region. The infected tree will develop crusty patches on its bark over cankers and wounds and then exhibit brownish-black flaking bark. Once the disease has manifested to these advanced symptoms then the tree becomes unstable and is a danger to life and property. Enlist the services of a tree doctor quickly when you first suspect your tree is unhealthy.

What inspect pests make tree bark fall off?

  • Pine Bark Beetles: Fir trees are dying faster from infestation by these destructive beetles than ever before. They love Texas summer heat and are the most visible during July. Indications of their presence include small pin-dot holes on the tree’s bark and the bark flaking off. An arbor care expert should be contacted when you first observe these beetles on your trees and property, as treatment must be administered in the early stages of infestation in order to save the tree.
  • Wood Borers: The most destructive insect pests to trees are wood borers. The infested tree will exhibit premature defoliation, branches falling, D-shaped holes on its bark and areas where the bark is brittle and falling off. Professional treatment administered in the beginning stages of infestation by an arbor care specialist is necessary in order to eliminate these damaging tree pests and protect your tree from severe damage.

When is it okay for the bark to fall off trees?

  • Natural Tree Growth Progress: As trees grow larger they will naturally outgrow their young bark. Bark falling from your tree due to the tree’s natural growth process is no cause for alarm.
  • Tree Varieties: Sycamore, birch, Scotch pine, silver maple and other popular tree varieties shed bark in large chunks and peeling strips. Contact a tree expert when you are in question as to whether your tree is a variety that naturally sheds its bark.

How can I find out what is causing the bark to fall off?

Call the best arborist in Fort Worth, Texas and schedule a tree health assessment and diagnostic evaluation. An ISA certified arborist will determine the cause for the tree’s bark falling off and will complete a tree health assessment report. If treatment is needed the tree expert will administer the treatment required and see to it that the health of your tree is restored.