Last night my river birch was hit by lightning. I guess that
explains why you shouldn't stand under a tree during a storm.
Anyway, the tree is still standing, but it lost a significant
portion of its bark on about the bottom 20 ft. of the trunk. There
are no scorch marks, so I guess the bark was just popped off when
the moisture underneath turned to steam instantaneously. I
collected a garbage can full of bark chunks.
Do I need to do anything to the denuded areas, or just leave it
Is there a chance the tree will actually survive long term. I
assume its innards got quite a jolt, but don't know what that means
to a tree.