Even if it's barking, it ain't always a dog...

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

That looks like a fine old Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum).

Young twigs of Styrax obassia have bark that peels, yes.

My 6 Cornus mas 'Golden Glory' are about 25 years old.

Saint Louis, MO(Zone 6a)

OK, OK, no more flowers. I ventured out into the rain to try to find a peeling young twig on my Styrax obassia, but I couldn't see anything interesting. Maybe too early in the season. My Styrax japonica on the other hand has a string of these growths - are these burls? And is it normal behavior or does it indicate a disease? I've never noticed it before.

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Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Many little aliens faces there, Wee. I'd be sleeping with one eye open...

There apparently is something causing initiation of adventitious buds at those points. There's evidence of weak stem growth from each of them. How have you been treating this plant? Lots of summer drought stress? Severe winter temps? Influences like that can sometimes cause this reaction.

Keep looking on your Styrax obassia. It is normal behavior for the species.

(Robin) Blissfield, MI(Zone 6a)

I bet that quick answer was a mind-easer Wee. I'm happy for you it was caused by climactic stress and not something that requires incision and extracting!

Saint Louis, MO(Zone 6a)

Interesting, as I had already speculated about the alien theory. Nice to have confirmation.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Did Sigourney Weaver used to own your house...

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Now who's off topic?
That Golden Glory Cornus Mas is amazing!

And nice flowers, Wee.

Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

I happen to find not so great pictures of Styrax japonica since we are on the subject and you can see it has those knobs too. Twigs not so interesting.

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Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Did we do Halesia yet? Which one, I'm not sure.
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Pequannock, NJ(Zone 6b)

Another representative of Cornus Mas Redstone-1
Compared to Cornus officinalis -2

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