HAVE WOODPECKERS FATALLY DAMAGED OUR 9-YEAR OLD MAPLE TREES?

WOODPECKERS HAVE PECKED HOLES IN OUR 9-YEAR OLD MAPLE TREES --THE HOLES RING AROUND THE TREE TRUNK AND ABOVE ---- THE RINGS ARE UNIFORMLY SPACED ABOUT 6-INCHES APART. AS A RESULT, A GOOD AMOUNT OF SAP IS LEAKING FROM THE HOLES. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THE TREE SURVIVING THIS "ATTACK"?

Submitted by emsvestka

Uniformly spaced holes on the trunk sound like sapsucker damage. The loss of sap should not harm the tree. (it's quite similar to sap flow from tapping maples to make syrup.) As long as the holes aren't connected, that is, the tree hasn't been girdled, it should survive quite nicely.

Answered by DSchrock

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