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This tree split during a thunderstorm

This damage is common on shade trees that are not placed on a preventive pruning program. Damage can be reduced substantially with appropriate structural pruning.

codominant stem split from tree

One of the codominant stems on this mahogany split from the tree.

split damaged trunk

Mahogany showing substantial damage to the trunk from a large codominant stem splitting from the tree.

close up of damaged area

Close-up shows that roots had begun growing in the decayed area that began as a result of the inclusion. This is a common occurrence on many planted shade trees.