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passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2013
2:37 AM

Post #9575114

I noticed a large defect in the bark of this Loblolly pine in my yard this week. It is as if the bark split upward for 40 feet or so. There isn't any sap exuding but ants are in this area. There is no burn to suggest lightning.

What could have caused it? The tree is probably 75-100 years old and I would hate to lose it. Is there hope?

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2013
4:52 AM

Post #9575200

Maybe a lightning strike. Our old house had a maple in the front yard that was struck by lightning and it peeled the bark on one side and blew the irises nearby out of the ground - blew out a TV, a VCR, the cable modem, and partially got a big TV (yet the cable company said it did not run in on their line). We had the tree taken down a few years later - the bark had healed over but the tree just became much too large for the small front yard.

If the pine does die, it gives you new opportunities for planting something new. We had a huge pine taken down a few years ago and we planted the area with a Kwanzan cherry, hostas, hydrangeas, and lilies. Eventually the cherry will shade some of the smaller plants out so we will have to move them but that is a few years down the road.

passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9575360

Thanks. I really like the pine. It gives me free mulch. I hope it survives. It is close enough to the house that if it starts getting sick I will have to remove it.
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2013
8:09 AM

Post #9575427

It is scary being close to the house when the severe storms come through. Most damage is done by falling trees.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9575678

Yep, definitely lightning strike. Time will tell whether it survives or not.

Resin

PS for hcmcdole: 'Kanzan' (no "w" ;-)

passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2013
4:37 PM

Post #9576151

I just looked again. It looked like a tiger had clawed the trunk and cast bark chunks 50 feet away.

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passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9576153

I have a feeling my old friend is on borrowed time.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 27, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9576203

It could've been a lot worse!

http://www.pinetum.org/lightning.htm

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Sequoiadendron4

Sequoiadendron4
Lititz, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 28, 2013
9:16 AM

Post #9576948

I hope it pulls through for you! We have a Loblolly as well but it is very young (only 13' tall) but it is one of my more favored trees.

passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Shelby County, AL
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9589836

Reading the links from another post on this forum from the University of GA, lightning- damaged pines are attractive to pine boring beetles and can attract an infestation. That may tip the scales to take it down before it gets sick.

Sequoiadendron4

Sequoiadendron4
Lititz, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2013
6:53 PM

Post #9590728

Wow that really stinks. I feel your pain on that one.

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