3 trees got zapped last weekend. One was rotted, two are really nice 25 to 30 year oaks. There are marks a few inches deep and as wide as my hand in them and they go from root to crown. Any chance of them living? The force of the strike is unreal...I have found bits of tree almost a 100 yards away.
You might find that the tree will suffer through the rest of the year from the trauma. It may take a couple years to know for sure if it's going to survive. There's no cost to waiting right? If it does die back then you could use it as habitat for critters if you like. If you have a use for it as fire wood then it's best to cut it while it's a little green just so save the wear and tear on saws and splitters. Once it dies and dries, the wood could be tough to cut. If it lives... great.
I've seen quite a few trees survive lightning strikes. Not all do, of course, and it takes them a few years to bounce back, but eventually they'll start to heal over the wound. You should be able to tell within a year or two at most if they will survive and thrive, or die a lingering (or quick) death.
Location: Cumming, GA
posted 8 years ago
After looking around there are many trees.with evidence of strikes that are doing fine. Tome will tell.
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