Is there hope for this young maple?

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

It was planted about the same time as the one to its right, but it has been in very poor condition for about 3 years. We don't have a diagnosis. Any ideas?

TIA
LAS

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Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

I can't see anything but a silhouette of the tree. Close-up of trunk, leaves, branches, soil around trunk, etc would help. Is it still b&b?

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

I couldn't reach the leaves, but they look pretty much like the leaves of the healthy tree. Here are snaps of the bark and the ground.

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Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

I see holes in the trunk. Maybe a borer. The bark has peeled away and this tree is best removed.

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

It is definitely best to cut that tree down. Somewhere along the line it got a bug and you don't want a diseased/infested tree around your good trees.

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

We'd like to use it for firewood. Are there any precautions we could take to keep the bugs from leaving the cut up logs?

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

So just to get it straight, you want to make sure the bugs are still in the wood when you burn it? If that's the case, they'll probably be reluctant to leave as long as their food source remains, which is the dead wood.

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

Happy to hear this. Yes, we're content to let them chew until we burn them. They don't care if the wood is dead?

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Nope, that's why they're there in the first place :)

Albany, ME(Zone 4b)

Since they're what caused the dead wood in the first place (so I'm told above), I thought they might keep working their way out toward live wood. No? They just kill a spot and stay there?

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

I'm fairly certain that most boring (lol) insects only feed on dead or dying wood and that something else caused the tree to "invite" them in.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

It is my understanding that Birch Borer and Pine Beetle feed on living trees and this has caused a significant impact on the forest industry in my province. I'd say remove the tree and burn it immediately before it gets your other trees.

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