Tulip Tree Has Split Bark

Question From: W. Jackson - MISSOURI
Q: I have a 18 year old tulip tree and it has a straight split going up from the base of the tree. You can see the wood under the bark, but it doesn't appear to be soft. It also has some smaller splits starting at the base of the trunk, and they are about a foot long. I live in northern Missouri. Some of the limbs about the split have died. Any suggestions? If need be, I can send you a picture.

A: If this were my tree I would get an onsite inspection form a trained tree professional - a certified arborist. To find one in your area go to www.tcia.org