Rabbit Damage?

Muskegon, MI(Zone 5a)

I just checked my small japanese maple and found chewing of the bark on the whole one side of the trunk...the plant isnt over 18 inches tall..what can I do and will it survive?..Judy

Springfield, IL(Zone 6a)

It is a yougin' BUT as long as it it not totaly stripped all around trunk it will likely survivive if healthy...I don't think there is a blasted thing to do ... I have had to fence in all of mine every winter and took off cages about a week ago ..although i have had rabbit damage on a Green Trompenburg in the summer that totally killed it... it was a 3 ft tree at least.. I thought it was too late foor Rabbit damage ...generally they won't bother trees after the other green stuff clover etc comes out.Mice can also do that and there is not much you can do to keep them out ...I guess you could put those plastic tree guards on. Alot of times rabbits will just bite off branches and leave them out of spite I guess a taste test that didn't work out ... when they start "rabbiting" the trunk that can cause real problems and sometimes you don't notice it til it's too late if it's really low. My guess if it is a seedling tree it probably will survive . David

Muskegon, MI(Zone 5a)

Thanks Dave...This tree is a very slow grower and its the 2nd winter it has gone through..I dont think its going to be a very tall tree....Im going to cage the trunk in and see if that will help and thanks for reassuring me that it probably will live....Judy

Greensboro, NC

so it's rabbits, not deer that do this stuff? Do deer also? Some of the "attacks" I've had seem a bit to high off the ground for rabbits.

Muskegon, MI(Zone 5a)

My maple is very low to the ground...Im still not sure if its rabbit but today looking at it I see the strip off the bark was peeled down so maybe its not rabbit...a mystery but Im hoping whatever did it will leave it alone now....Judy

Springfield, IL(Zone 6a)

I have had deer damage on fruit trees and they generally go for branches/buds on older trees but with young trees they can eat it to the ground..I have heard horror stories on deer descimating JM's . But, I have not seen or heard of them stripping a tree trunk only w/o tasting/eating or eating on the tree. without a jpeg it's hard to tell it could be rabbits ,mice ,or winter damage from freezing and unfreezing see other thread. as I said if it's not totally encircled it is probably not fatal ...you can wrap it with that paper tree wrap but that can trap moisture and disease or paint it with tree paint but ditto on the possibilities of entertainning doing more harm than good

Milford, DE

You could have mice problems. They like to girdle the cambium. I heard that it is the high sugar content in the plant.

OR!!!!!!!!

Maybe Black Vine Weevil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Vine_Weevil

Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

Just happened to be shopping at Greer today and saw this product. I don't have deer problems or rabbits but it might be worth a try. It isn't very expensive.

Greensboro, NC

what product?

Stanford, CA(Zone 9b)

Oops, sorry
http://greergardens.com/plantskydd.htm

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