Can someone please ID this tree?
I also need advice on how to treat this chronic bleeding wound. From
what the past owner said, it bleeds like that every year.
Click the magnifying glass to zoom if you need a closer look.
No smell that I can detect though it's not actively bleeding at this
Location is far south western KY, zone 6B.
From a closer look into the wound, it looks like there is a hole,
unsure if it's deep or not.
Is there anything I can flush it with? I'm going to pack it with
paraffin wax and give it a slight heating to seal it, but I do not want
to seal in something bad.
Also, once sealed, is there anything I can use to clean the bark that's
been bled all over?
Trees do not bleed. I.e., if you put blood on your pancakes this morning.
There is wet wood. I would suggest two books on wetwood of trees. Common
Wetwood - Wetwood is a term used for both a disease of wood and for the
wood, altered as a result of the disease.
Wetwood is wood infected by anaerobic bacteria mostly. See "wetwood"
Do not use drain tubes to drain wetwood.
That would be my recommendation. The slim flux does kill bark. Also turf.
This is the thing. It's better to have one fox in the hen house than 50
coming in. Wetwood alters the wood to a higher state of protection. It
keeps the other bad guys out. Its a niche. Proper mulching and other
treatments would be good for your tree.
proper Mulching - http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html
http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/M/ Look up "Mulch"
Thanks.. I've read up on mulching the right way since I was already
planning on mulching around that tree and making it more of a showcase
since it's right by the main entrance we use for the home.
I did have a Q though.. Couldn't I wax over the hole where it's weeping
so I can minimize the bark that's being damaged below it?
Based on the picture given I would say it is an American Elm. Forget
the leave the bark is the distinguishing factor.
Very different bark and growth habit
As for the old pruning cut.....Looks like you have that covered but I
would back up John and reccomend leaving it alone. You could do more
damage than harm.
So it may very well be an American Elm? I'll take a few more pictures if
anyone wants more to go by.
As for it being an American Elm do you think anyone would like to use
them as propagation plants and harvest the seeds?
I wouldn't mind someone coming by every so often to collect them when
Still not 100% sure that it's an American Elm though because the leaves
are on the small side, but with the killing frost this year nothing had
from your pictures it looks like a Chinese Elm.
However, it could MAYBE be an Amereican Elm.
A picture from a greater distance so we can see the whole tree would
be useful in identification. Also a picture of the leaves with
something (a ruler would be good) that tells us the size of the leaf
would also help. Chinese Elms have small leaves of fairly rought
texture. American Elms have large leaves that are smooth on the
If it as an American Elm it is worth trying to save as they are very
special trees. Those that have survived the Dutch Elm Disease are a
hope for restoring them to the American forests.
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