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Tree splits in half

oak split in halfThis oak split down the middle and should probably be removed. The cause was the codominant stem clearly visible in the photo.

Treatment: The tree can be cabled and bolted together, but this is a long term commitment requiring regular follow up that is not recommended for this tree. The best treatment for this tree is to cut it down. Train the newly planted tree with one dominant leader to help resist against this type of damage. (Photo Dr. A. Shigo)