Q: I found this beautiful 20′ tall red maple at a nursery that was going out of business and got a great deal on it. However on the car ride home it inadvertently rubbed on the trailer resulting in this circular blemish in the bark.
The damage is located about 1 foot below where the limbs start. Can you give me some advise on the tree’s viability and any treatment that may help save it?
A: I have good news – I don’t believe much long-term damage will result.
I base this on the fact that the scar is regular, relatively clean and does not girdle the trunk. It’s more like a pruning wound than anything else.
Leave it alone. The tree bark will gradually cover over the wound as your new landscape addition grows larger.