Carolina Laurel Cherry Tree Bark Is Splitting

Question From: CALIFORNIA
Q: What would make the bark on my Carolina Laural cherry trees split?

A: My guess is it's a combination of drought and excessive heat. Take photos of the tree including close ups of the splitting bark to a nursery or independent garden center for an accurate ID. You might also get an on-site inspection from a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to and enter your zipcode. Best Nancy