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Crack in the Trunk of the Norwegian maple

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From: susan maguire
chicago, IL
My Norwegian maple has a crack in the trunk that is measured 5 inches deep nadn 18 inches long . Above the crack is a V where 2 branches connect and there is an area where water has accumulated. There is no main trunk and six branches split off around the 5 foot height should I consider this a hazard since the tree is 30 yrs old and about 35 feet tall . My house and neighbors are 10 feed from the end of the tree branch

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From: Brenda Dahlfors
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
Lake/McHenry Unit
Susan - I would definitely be concerned! A professional (licensed) arborist can perform tests to see what condition the trunk and each branch is in. Good luck!

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