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Codominant stem splits from the tree

split codominant stemA thunderstorm packing winds of about 35 to 40 mph caused this large codominant stem to split at its base. There was only a small bark inclusion in this branch union slightly visible at the top of the union.

Treatment: This tree now has to be removed because all the foliage is at the top of the tree and the wound will cause extensive trunk decay. Note the large pruning wound just above the failure point. The decay from this wound on this decay-prone species may have contributed to the failure.

two dominant stems
Before the storm two stems dominate the canopy.
after storm one stem
After the storm one stem is missing and all the weight is at the top of the tree.