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Maple illness?

 
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The neighbors told me their maple tree (Not sure of type, I think ours are sliver, they said theirs was "just a maple.")was looking REALLY weird in late March (March 29, 2020) and I forgot to post it. The maples in my yard look slightly weird, theirs is the worst. The bark is curling off. They say this has never happened before. Last year was serious flooding within 20 miles, the whole Mississippi basin flooded, I am upstream of that, here we only got a LOT of rain. The water runs through their yard, it has a serious erosion problem.

This spring the maples threw a LOT of seeds, probably 10x the normal amount.  Excess maple seeds this year? And now the ones that the bark looks weird are leafing out really slowly. there are other maples within 300 feet that are fully leafed out, and these are just starting.

Any ideas what is going on?








 
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That looks like a very normal silver maple to me.  But I've only seen them at that size.  Maybe there's a point in their life when they're younger where the bark is tight to the trunk?  Maybe the wet year triggered enough growth that the tree hit puberty and is now all grown up?  Kind of like how a young oak has smooth bark but once they get to a certain size they have proper bark with furrows?
 
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I only see their two looking that bad and my two in the back. The ones out front, and within 300 feet don't look like that. Could be these 4 are all the same age, that is VERY possible, these houses were built at the same time, and the trees are kind of in a line.
Intersting idea.
 
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I'm hoping someone else chimes in who's actually seen them initiate their flaking process.  I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it's triggered by a wet year or a year of rapid growth.
 
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Different types of maples do leaf out at slightly different times. This also means that the seeds mature at a staggered rate. This gives you time to talk Mama into pealing some of those seeds.
 
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