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Sycamore struck by lightning

schoeckk

schoeckk

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Our Sycamore was struck by lightning and now all of the bark has fallen off and the top of the tree appears to be dead. After the strike I put fertilizer spikes around the base every 3feet, over watered and treated the roots for insects just in case. This is our favorite tree. Does anyone know what our chances for it living are? Any additional suggestions now that winter has arrived?


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buzz sawyer

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I agree, excellent looking tree but it doesn't look very promising. If there is no danger of it falling on something or someone, you could wait until Spring and see what it does but again, doesn't look good.
Looks a little close to the house - any concerns if it falls in high winds?
 
schoeckk

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I agree, excellent looking tree but it doesn't look very promising. If there is no danger of it falling on something or someone, you could wait until Spring and see what it does but again, doesn't look good.
Looks a little close to the house - any concerns if it falls in high winds?

No if it doesn’t come out ok this spring we will safely have it cut down


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Westboastfaller

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If the other side looks like that side then it's dead. The cambium layer under the bark needs to be attached somewhere around the tree in order for it to feed. It only takes a continuous little sliver of bark and cambium stemming upwards but it may not feed all that foliagel this year.

What I'm looking at so far, it's dead
 
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