Identification and Potential Disease

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Identification and Potential Disease

Post by Nash15 » September 9th, 2019, 8:24 pm

I recently moved in to a house in Apex, NC. I'm in a cookie cutter house neighborhood. The tree in our front yard seems to have a bark issue. I'm not sure, but I don't think the bark is supposed to peel like this. The leaves do look healthy.

I'm hoping someone can help me 1) identify the species and 2) tell me what's wrong with the bark and how to cure.
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Re: Identification and Potential Disease

Post by andy10917 » September 9th, 2019, 9:06 pm

You're asking for a species identification without providing a picture (much, much closer) of the leaf structure/pattern. That's begging for a bad guess, and many members won't even guess without that info.

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Re: Identification and Potential Disease

Post by TimmyG » September 10th, 2019, 12:01 am

Ha! You kill me. You should be thrilled to have a tree with such glorious exfoliating bark. It's all good. Looks super healthy.

My initial guess is Ulmus parvifolia, a.k.a. Chinese elm or lacebark elm, but as Andy noted, we need some close shots of the leaves. See Andy's pics for an excellent example of how to photograph a plant for ID. Your pics are actually really good. The set is just missing a good shot of the leaves. Elm leaves, for example, are quite distinct.

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Re: Identification and Potential Disease

Post by TimmyG » September 17th, 2019, 11:00 pm

Bueller?

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Re: Identification and Potential Disease

Post by Nash15 » Yesterday, 7:22 am

Thank you for the quick response. I have close up pictures of the leaves attached. Sorry for the delay. I appreciate your help.
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Re: Identification and Potential Disease

Post by TimmyG » Yesterday, 10:48 am

Most definitely Chinese elm. Gorgeous tree, and very healthy. Great pics, with seed pods to boot.

Note the asymmetry of the base of the leaves. That's a key characteristic of elm leaves.

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