Trees – Shedding Bark in Summer

Q: Several trees in my front yard have the bark coming off. They are lush and full of leaves. I hope the trees are not sick.

A: I’ve heard reports that several tree species, hickory and oak in particular, seem to be shedding bark this summer. I think this is a natural phenomenon, caused by the drought of two years ago followed by adequate rainfall last year and this. The trees are simply growing so fast that the bark is popping off. If the foliage is lush, there is nothing to worry about.