Trunk Of Maple Tree Has Turned Black And Looks Like It Has Been Burned

Question From: Dumfries, Virginia, United States
Q: I planet this maple tree over 30 years ago. Just recently I noticed that the main truck had turned black. It looks like the truck has been burned. What is this?

A: I am not trained to treat tree issues and because so many diseases and other issues mimic one another, a bad guess from an untrained "eye" could cost you the tree. I recommend you get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy