Saturday, February 27, 2016
Wood growth in a forked pecan tree
Four years ago I pruned out one of the two main trunks. The bark inclusion stopped spreading and four years of solid wood grew all around the tree's circumference.
If you look closely at the growth rings of this tree, you will note that the rings are identical on both sides of the bark inclusion (photo above). This tells me that the growth ring was formed first then split apart later.
If you ever see a young tree develop a forked trunk, prune the tree to a single stem as soon as possible. Once pruned, the tree will grow new growth rings over any bark inclusions that may have started to develop.